What is an EPC?
You may hear the acronym EPC used a lot, whether you’re selling, buying or renting, it’s hard to miss. It’s probably the deciding factor now more than ever when purchasing a house in today’s climate. So, what actually is EPC and what does it measure?
An EPC is a home energy survey that reveals how energy efficient a home is. The survey includes a list of recommendations on how to improve your home’s energy efficiency and is a legal requirement if you’re selling, leasing or renting a property.
Ranging from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient), an EPC survey tells you a lot about a property, especially an indication of how much the property will cost on energy bills.
In the HBF report, 84% of new build homes were rated with an EPC of B or above while less than 4% of existing dwellings reached the same standard. Castle Green homes prides itself on building high quality homes with EPC ratings of A and B standard. Across all our developments, homes are sustainable by design, optimising thermal efficiency through the building fabric rather than add-on measures.
How can a good EPC rating benefit me?
- Lower energy bills – due to build quality and materials used, new build homes lower your consumption and can save on average £2,600 per year on energy bills
- Improve property value – selling a property with a good EPC rating will be extremely desirable for house hunters and likely improve the value of your home
- Lower Mortgage – there’s a chance you can receive lower mortgage rates through green mortgages
- Lower your carbon footprint – buying a new build with high energy efficiency will lower your carbon emissions