Wednesday, 18 July 2012

The Green Deal and the EPC Survey – What the Energy Performance Certificate Means to You
The Green Deal EPC survey is the first step taken by your Green Deal Assessor to determining how suitable your property is for investment from the Green Deal Scheme. The EPC, or Energy Performance Certificate, shows the current typical energy use of your home – with graded scores shown in colours and numbers similar to the scoring system you’ll have seen on fridges and freezers over the last few years.
The modern Energy Performance Certificate shows two colour graphics – one arranged on a colour scale from Red (bad) to Green (excellent); and the other ranging between Grey (again bad) and pale Blue (good). The first scale on the Green Deal EPC survey is your energy efficiency rating – Red equates to very low scores, and is extremely poor; while Green equates to very high scores and is extremely good.
The second scale is your CO2 or Environmental Impact rating – again, low scores are poor and high scores are good.
In both cases the document produced during the Green Deal EPC survey should show your current score and the estimated potential score for the property. It is this second column, the estimated potential, which is important for your financing eligibility.
If your Green Deal Assessor finds that the property is already functioning at maximal or near maximal energy efficiency, then he or she is unlikely to recommend that Green Deal financing be approved in your case. Because there are, in these cases, no improvements that can be done to cost effectively raise the energy efficiency and CO2 efficiency of the building.
The efficiency ratings in your Green Deal EPC Survey are also given alphabetical scores from A (good) to G (bad). These ratings fall basically in line with the energy ratings of your fridge; freezer; washing machine; tumble dryer; and microwave. In other words, the more “A”s you score the lower the amount of energy you use to run the property’s heating and lighting services.
The Green Deal EPC Survey must always be carried out by a qualified Green Deal Assessor. He or she may recommend specific works to be done to the property, for which Green Deal financing may be approved.