22 Apr 2023

Improving Your Property’s EPC Rating: Tips and Advice from a Chartered Surveyor

Improving Your Property’s EPC Rating: Tips and Advice from a Chartered Surveyor

Scotland’s private rental sector is in for a significant shift with the upcoming introduction of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (M.E.E.S) in 2025.

This legislation will now prohibit new tenancies on properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below Band C. As a result, landlords with properties that fall below this rating must work to improve their energy efficiency before the deadline. While M.E.E.S is currently only enforced in England and Wales, lenders in Scotland have also begun to incorporate minimum EPC ratings into their buy-to-let lending policies. 

Working with landlords over the years, Brett Ferguson a Chartered Surveyor with DM Hall LLP has shared his tips for improving their property’s EPC rating and energy efficiency.

Insulation is a key measure that can be taken to boost energy efficiency. Internal wall insulation, underfloor insulation and loft insulation are all effective measures. If you plan to insulate concealed walls and floors, retain a copy of the invoice or receipt detailing the materials that have been installed. This allows the Energy Assessor to include these measures in the assessment.

Low Energy Lighting is a simple and cost-effective measure that can help improve your property’s EPC rating. Ensure that low-energy light bulbs are fitted into as many light fittings as possible before the assessor arrives.

Replacing electric storage heaters with High Heat Retention Storage Heaters can have the most significant impact on your property’s EPC rating. It’s important to note that fitting ‘High Heat Retention' storage heaters is more beneficial than fitting panel heaters. Electric panel heaters emit heat instantaneously and have no capacity for storage, resulting in a lower EPC rating. On the other hand, High Head Retention Storage Heaters are looked upon favourably due to their efficient energy use and capacity for storing heat

If you’re unsure about how to improve your property’s EPC rating or need guidance, reach out to your local branch or DM Hall office, and speak to an expert. Surveyors carry out Energy Performance Certificates daily and are familiar with the factors that impact the assessment.

Improving your property's EPC rating is essential to meet the upcoming M.E.E.S standards and secure lending over your Buy-To-Let property. By taking the steps outlined above, you can make significant strides in improving your property's energy efficiency and EPC rating. If you're unsure of where to start or are looking for some advice on EPC ratings we recommend speaking to a local expert. 

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