The demand for EPCs is increasing with landlords continuing to commission domestic energy assessors for the certificates in order to gauge the energy performances of their property portfolios.
On 1 April 2020, the MEES regulations are extended to cover all domestic properties with existing leases. This means that leases covering properties which are rated E or below will be invalid, regardless of whether they have already been deemed as compliant.
How Landlords can use an Energy Report
An Energy Report gives landlords information which is in many ways similar to an EPC. Landlords need to know the energy rating of their properties if they want to comply with MEES regulations and the Energy Report provides a cheaper way to do this. It will give them information on the energy rating before and after energy improvement measures are installed.
The Energy Report is easy to follow with any unnecessary clutter featuring on an EPC removed.
What Information does the Report Provide?
The information is presented in a way which is concise, making it easy to understand. It is generated using RdSAP methodology with the same calculations used by an EPC.
The following details are provided by the report.
- Energy Rating – The current and potential energy rating of the property is prominently shown on the first page.
- Recommendations – On page two there is a table with recommended measures. Each measure is shown with its cumulative ratings change. All of the measures would need to be installed in order for the property to reach its full potential rating.
- Estimated Costs of the Property – The running costs of heating the space, lighting the property and heating the hot water are shown within a table. The estimated costs after improvements are installed are also shown.
- Estimates CO2 Emissions – The current and potential CO2 emissions of the property are shown on a simple scale.
- About the Document – Who compiled the report and a disclaimer related to the information contained within.
- Data Inputs – Displaying the inputted measures and the assumed values used to compile the report.