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Energy Assessments ( DECs, EPCs, HIPs)

In response to the legal requirements for individuals or organisations to have these documents, Mooney Kelly can produce and issue DECs, EPCs and HIPs to Clients.

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What is a DEC (Display Energy Certificate)?

Since 1st October 2008 UK public buildings (ie buildings which are accessible to the public) measuring over 1,000 sq m must display a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) prominently at all times. Display Energy Certificates were introduced by the government in response to the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, which all EU member states must have implemented by January 2009.

Display Energy Certificates (DECs) show the actual energy usage of a building (the operational rating) and help the public see the energy efficiency of a building. This is based on the energy consumption of the building as recorded by various meters associated with the building, such as gas and electricity. The DEC should be displayed at all times in a prominent place clearly visible to the public. A DEC is accompanied by an Advisory Report (AR). This document lists any cost-effective measures to improve the energy rating of the building. Implementation of measures in the AR is not compulsory.

The purpose behind this legislation is to increase public awareness of energy consumption.
DECs are valid for one year and have to be renewed annually. The associated AR is valid for 7 years. The DEC can only be issued by a qualified and accredited Energy Assessor.

For further information please contact Phelim Scallon by email (please click here) or by phone on + 44 (0)20 8600 4190

What Is an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate)?

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are required under UK and EU law. Since October 2008 EPCs have been required whenever a building is built, sold or rented. The preparation of the EPC is the property owner’s responsibility. EPCs can only be issued by a qualified and accredited Energy Assessor.

An EPC provides a rating of a property’s energy efficiency, running costs and environmental impact (carbon emissions) based on the property’s condition at the time of the assessment. The EPC also identifies energy saving upgrades which could be implemented to improve the energy efficiency of the property. These would reduce the energy consumption and therefore the carbon emissions associated with the property. The EPC assessment results are shown by the use of a colour coded performance certificate similar to those used for domestic appliances. A sliding scale, A to G, is used where A equals the most energy efficient and G the least.

For further information please contact Phelim Scallon by email (please click here) or by phone on + 44 (0)20 8600 4190

What is a HIP (Home Information Pack)?

A HIP is a set of documents that provides the buyer of a domestic property with key information on a property that he or she is interested in purchasing. The HIP must be provided by the seller or the seller's agent. It is a legal requirement to have a HIP and you cannot put a property on the market without one. The HIP lets buyers see important information about the property at the start of the process. This means there is less chance of buyers becoming aware of any surprises at the end of the process. The HIP can also help reduce delays and extra expense to the buyer and seller.

What does a HIP contain?

The following documents must be included in your HIP:

Freehold properties

  • Home Information Pack Index.
  • The Property Information Questionnaire (PIQ) (as of 6 April 2009).
  • Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) or Predicted Energy Assessment (PEA)
  • for new homes sold “off-plan”.
  • Sustainability information (required for newly built homes).
  • Sale statement.
  • Evidence of title.
  • Standard searches (local authority and drainage and water).

Leasehold properties

  • All of the compulsory documents listed above.
  • A copy of the lease.

For further information please contact Phelim Scallon by email (please click here) or by phone on + 44 (0)20 8600 4190

Why use Mooney Kelly?

By using Mooney Kelly for your DECS, EPCs and HIPs you are assured of the following benefits:

  • Qualified Domestic Energy Assessors.
  • High quality service standards at all times.
  • Quick turnaround.
  • Very competitive rates.
  • Service fully supported by Professional Indemnity Insurance and ISO 9001 and 14001 Certification.
   

Energy Surveyor
Phelim Scallon