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The new EPC since the beginning of 2019: EPC+

Are you planning to sell or rent out your house or apartment in the near future? Then since 2008, you are obliged to have an EPC for your residential property. An EPC (short for Energy Performance Certificate) is a document that indicates a residential property's estimated energy consumption per m². Therefore a lower EPC score means better energy performance.
At the beginning of 2019, the EPC was updated and some changes were made. Find out below just what the EPC+ means for you.

But first: What is a good EPC score?
A lot of people ask what is a good or what is a bad EPC score. A valid question. A detached house will consume more than an apartment because it has a larger loss area. The year of construction of the residential property is also a determining factor. So a detached house built after 2005 has an average EPC of 190 kW/m² while an apartment has an average EPC of 160 kW/m².

What changes have been made to the EPC?
A label which can range from A+ to F has been added to the new EPC. A+ indicates that the residential property produces more energy than it consumes while the lowest label F indicates that the residential property has an extremely high energy consumption. The intention of the label is to give the prospective purchaser or tenant an idea of the energy performances of the residential property so that he can estimate the costs that will have to be paid. An overview of the different labels and what they mean is shown below:

  • A+: less than 0 kWh/(m²/year)
  • A: between 100 and 0 kWh/(m²/year)
  • B: between 200 and 100 kWh/(m²/year)
  • C: between 300 and 200 kWh/(m²/year)
  • D: between 400 and 300 kWh/(m²/year)
  • E: between 500 and 400 kWh/(m²/year)
  • F: higher than 500 kWh/(m²/year)
Besides the label, the EPC+ will offer more recommendations. These will give the potential purchaser or tenant a clear overview of what would have to be done in order to improve the energy performance of the residential property and how much that would cost. In addition, the technical information will also be available on the new EPC.

How can you reduce an EPC value? Here are a few tips:
  1. Roof insulation
  2. Double glazing
  3. Wall insulation
  4. Floor insulation
Will my old EPC still be valid?
If you still have the “old” EPC, then you won’t have to get a new one. The old EPC is valid for ten years. In any event, if you have to get an EPC in 2019, then it will be the new EPC (with labels and recommendations).

Why has the EPC changed?
The aim of the new EPC is to inform the prospective purchaser in order to encourage him to renovate the residential property thoroughly for better energy performance and to make sure that he is well-informed regarding the potential costs.

Who will draw up the EPC+?
Just like the “old” EPC, the new EPC will be drawn up by an approved Type A energy expert.
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