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Energy Performance Certificates

Sample Energy Performance Certificate

From 1st October 2008, it has been a requirement that we provide an incoming tenant or shared owner,with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for any home that they rent from us with a new tenancy or buy from us including shared ownership properties. We do not need to provide an EPC if someone mutually exchanges (swaps) their home with another tenant.

The EPC is part of a government strategy to tackle climate change and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide that is released into the air (known as carbon dioxide emissions) this certificate is valid for 10 years, no matter how many tenants live in the property.

We use an EPC to each home an energy efficiency rating and enviromental impact rating. We use the govenment`s standard assessment procedure (sap) to look at how efficient a homes heating, lighting and glazing (windows) are. The property will have a rating of A to G for both energy efficiency and enviromental impact. A is the best rating and G is the worst. Most homes in the UK have a rating of D to E.

We show the results on a graph, which gives the rating for that home at the moment, and what the rating could be if we were to make some improvements (such as fitting better insulation).

The energy efficiency rating is based on fuel costs. The higher the rating, the more energy efficient thehome is and the lower the fuel bills should be. The enviromental impact rating measures the homes effect on the enviroment in terms of carbon dioxide it releases into the air. The higher the rating, the less of an effect it has on the enviroment.

The Association completed a major survey of its stock in 2008 and therefore carries EPC`s for most of its stock. Where it does not have an EPC for a specific address it will survey the property as it becomes void.

An EPC will be made available to applicants to inform their eventual choice of a property.