Can I get another EPC done if I think my first one is incorrect?
Posted by Tasha Kosviner on 14 August 2014 at 6:41 am
Q. I am considering installing a biomass boiler. I have had a green deal assessment done including the energy performance certificate in preparation for claiming domestic renewable heat incentive. I'm not quite sure that the assessment of my annual energy needs (kWH) is as high as it could be. Is there anything to stop me paying for a second EPC opinion?
A. EPCs are valid for 10 years and people usually only get another one done before the old one expires, if they’ve made substantial changes to the property.
However when it comes to the renewable heat incentive, the amount you get paid will depend on the amount of renewable heat your system is generating. Therefore, the higher the heat demand as recorded on your EPC, the more heat your system will need to generate and the higher the RHI payments you get.
In answer to your question then: no there's nothing to stop you having a new EPC done. You should be aware though that once your new EPC has been lodged, it will override the old one which will then no longer be valid.
Before you go to the hassle and expense of having a a new one done, it might be worth talking to your assessor about their findings. They are obliged to put right any errors that might exist and if they fail to do this, you can take it up with their acreditation body, the details of which will appear on your EPC.
Whichever route you decide to go down, I'd be very interested to hear how you get on!
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