Topic – Maintenance and Servicing

Top tips to ensure your Properties are compliant with EPC regulations

The new 2018 EPC rules only apply to new tenancies. If an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) has been rated lower than E, how can landlords renewing tenancy agreements ensure their properties are up to the new standards in a cost-effective way?

  1. If the property was built before or around 1920 it probably has solid walls so you could install solid wall insulation from the inside or outside. If it was built after 1920 then the property is likely to have cavity walls.  The small gap between the double external walls can be filled with insulation.  Funding may also be available for this option.
  2. Properties without properly insulated windows could be losing up to 10% of its heat. Double glazed windows make a significant difference in lowering energy bills as well as reducing noise and condensation.
  3. Replace existing halogen or non-low energy lighting with light emitting diodes or compact fluorescent lights.
  4. Replacing an inefficient, old boiler will be a high initial expense but offer a positive impact on the EPC.
  5. Even with an old boiler introducing modern controls such as individual Thermostatic Radiator Valves, a Boiler Programmer or a room thermostat would significantly impact on your EPC
  6. The loft insulation in your roof should be at least 270mm in depth.  If your loft is 90mm or less you could receive funding to get it topped up otherwise this is a simple and effective way to influence your EPC rating.
  7. Renewable technologies are currently incentivised by the government and guaranteed by Feed-In-Tariffs so introducing Solar/ Photovoltaic panels which generate hot water and electricity replacing conventional heating systems.

Improving energy efficiency in your property is a commercial decision as some tenants would be willing to pay a higher rent knowing that their energy bills will be lower, so as well as complying with new regulations you would benefit financially.

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