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    Improving EPC

    I am in the process of buying an old terraced house with the intention of renting it out.
    The EPC is dreadful "G" which means I cant rent it out until its improved.
    I could do with suggestions as to how to improve the EPC.
    Although I believe that the loft has since had insulation that only takes it to an "F" according to the EPC

    I may not be able to de Cavity Wall Insulation as the property is perhaps 100 years old and the walls may not have a cavity.

    The house has a cellar so I may be able to insulate the floor from underneath.

    In addition as the house has high ceilings I may be able to put Insulation on top of the existing floor with new floorboards on top, or with this am I wasting my time.

    I know an identical house two doors away has a EPC of "D" so it must be achievable.

    I believe if I go in the loft I can see the underneath of the tiles, I could insulate between the rafters etc.

    Any advice gratefully received.

    Thanks

    #2
    You should be aware that EPC assessors are awkward about recognising improvements that they can't see.

    Thus loft insulation is a good idea, as is a new boiler & energy saving bulbs. Maybe ask neighbour what they had done, and who their assessor is.

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      #3
      Originally posted by Always Problems View Post
      I could do with suggestions as to how to improve the EPC...............

      I know an identical house two doors away has a EPC of "D" so it must be achievable.

      Thanks
      I have a corner terraced house with 3 outside walls. The house was damp with mould on some walls and tenants were complaining of the cold. It was rated as an F. I decided to upgrade the house

      I undertook a comprehensive insulation upgrade and refit which included insulated plasterboard on outside walls, Celotex insulation in attic room, underfloor insulation to ground floor. I installed a new condensing boiler, new radiators and it had full double glazed units.
      The EPC was a computerised tick box exercise - low energy light bulbs - tick, thermostatic radiator valves - tick etc. I persuaded the assessor to accept that I had installed insulation by asking the builder to write and confirm insulation installed and passed information to assessor.
      The EPC moved to a D and I was surprised that it wasn't higher and so I phoned the EPC directly and spoke to an evaluator who said that it is basically a computer programme which decides the rating and that the absolute maximum I could expect for an old house with 3 outside walls would be a C.

      I agree with JKO and by following his advice you should get up to a D at far less a cost than I spent. Fixing the chimney flashings and gutters have a massive impact if the house is damp but does not reflect in the EPC.

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        #4
        I'm a big user of Celertex on external walls, re-board, plaster and replace skirtings. Yes it is not cheap but tenants do tend to stay put as the bills are low. If you have a cellar then insulating under the above floor is a must. Take pics as you go and have them ready for the assessor to see and for future use.



        Freedom at the point of zero............

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          #5
          I took pictures of insulation at the previous flat I renovated. EPC assessor was still unwilling to take them into account.

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            #6
            Originally posted by JK0 View Post
            I took pictures of insulation at the previous flat I renovated. EPC assessor was still unwilling to take them into account.
            I've never found that JKO and used a few different ones now.



            Freedom at the point of zero............

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              #7
              EPC Surveyors must work to a fixed list which gives the points achieved when they see certain features on the inside of buildings, where could one get a copy of the list to compare what a particular property has and see what one can do to improve it.

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