If you plan on selling your home, it is vital you know about the Energy Performance Certificate, or EPC. You are legally required to hold one when you sell your house.
You will also find that the results of your EPC will impact buyer demand, and how much money you can expect to receive when selling your home.
At Coakley & Theaker, we aim to provide you with actionable advice and guidance which helps you in the housing market.
Property Energy Professionals Association (PEPA) has spoken about the importance of EPC ratings on property prices. The organisation has examined research carried out by Nationwide and said that properties holding an A or B rating carry a value that is around 5.2% greater than properties with an F or G rating.
With PEPE stating the average value of property stands at £280,000; this could see an additional £14,500 added to the house price.
Andrew Parkin, PEPA Chairman, says: “With property and energy prices continuing to rise and with increased global focus on energy efficiency and carbon emission reductions, the value of improving energy efficiency in properties is only likely to increase. It makes sense for homeowners to invest in an EPC now to find out what opportunities there may be to enhance the value of their property and reduce energy bills without waiting for the time when they may wish to sell.”
Andrew Harvey, senior economist at Nationwide, said: “Decarbonising and adapting the UK’s housing stock is critical if the UK is to meet its 2050 emissions targets, especially given that the housing stock accounts for around 15% of the UK’s total carbon emissions. With this in mind, we used our house price data to explore the extent to which owner occupiers pay a premium or discount for a home due to its energy performance rating. To do this, we included energy efficiency ratings from [EPCs] alongside the usual property characteristics data we use in our House Price Index.”
Andrew Harvey continued by saying; “This allowed us to control for other factors that can influence the value of a house or flat and isolate the impact of energy efficiency ratings alone. Government analysis based on the latest English Housing Survey suggests that if all eligible energy improvement measures defined in the EPC methodology were to be installed in the current stock of dwellings, 98% would be rated A to C, with just 2% in band D or lower. Installing all the recommended energy improvement measures in homes currently rated F or G would result in an average saving of around £1,780 per year.”
Andrew Harvey concluded by saying; “However, the installation cost for such measures is also high at an estimated £25,800, meaning a payback period of around 14 years. The government’s current aspiration is to upgrade as many homes as possible to band C by 2035. The average cost to improve a property to an energy efficiency of band C is c£8,100, though the cost is considerably higher for properties rated F or G. However, the pace of energy efficiency improvements is relatively slow given the scale of the challenge. For example, insulation installation is well below the 2012 peak, the last year of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target and Community Energy Savings Programme. This suggests a need for further incentives to help decarbonise homes.”
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