Energy Performance Certificate

General Information.

The Energy Performance Certificate ratings provide a measure of the overall energy efficiency of your property and its environmental impact. Both are calculated using the Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure (RDSAP), which is the government's recommended system, hot water system, fixed lighting, number of windows and fuels used.

The ratings are expressed on a scale which will look very similar to those found on domestic appliances. The higher the energy efficiency rating the more efficient the home.

The average household in the UK creates about six tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. There are simple steps you can take to cut carbon dioxide emissions and help to prevent climate change. Making your home more energy efficient by adopting the suggestions on our recommendations page can help protect the environment by reducing carbon dioxide emissions.

THE INSPECTION

The inspection will last approximately 1 hour depending on the size of property. In exceptional circumstances, more time may be needed. Prior to the assessment, you may be asked to complete a Seller's Questionnaire which gives the DEA information needed to prepare properly for the assessment. Identification of the age, construction, materials, services provided and available and measurements form the basis for the inspection of the building, therefore the DEA needs access to the exterior of the property, all rooms in the house plus any cellars, lofts or rooms-in-the-roof. During the assessment, the DEA undertakes a methodical visual inspection of all relevant parts of the property, takes measurements and makes notes. The DEA needs to see the boiler and any gas or electricity meters. Your permission will be sought to take photographs to support the information recorded about the property. The inspection is not destructive or invasive and won't cause any significant permanent marking, damage, harm or injury to the building fabric. Reporting on the condition of the property and any improvement costs is outside the scope of the Energy Performance Certificate. After the assessment, you may be asked to complete a Quality Assurance Consent Form. This form is provided by the NHER Accreditation Scheme and seeks your permission to help them with auditing of the Domestic Energy Assessor. You don't have to give your consent; the form asks for your contact details only and does not require you to comment on the DEA's performance.

DATA PROTECTION

Select Energy Solutions is required to maintain certain personal data about individuals for the purposes of satisfying operational and legal obligations. We recognise the importance of the correct and lawful treatment of personal data. This personal data, whether it is held on paper, on computer or other media, will be subject to the appropriate legal safeguards as specified in the Data Protection Act 1998.We also fully endorse and adhere to the principles of the Data Protection Act. These principles specify the legal conditions that must be satisfied in relation to obtaining, handling, processing, transportation and storage of personal data. Employees and any others who obtain, handle, process, transport and store personal data for Select Developments must adhere to these principles.

THE ACCREDITATION SCHEME

The accreditation scheme ensures that members are 'fit and proper' persons to be a Domestic Energy Assessor; this includes making sure they are properly qualified and checking the Criminal Records Bureau for any convictions. The Accreditation Scheme provides insurance for its members and monitors the quality of their work. The scheme also enforces a programme of life-long learning to ensure members keep up-to-date with changes in the industry.