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Is it Possible to Fail an EPC Survey?

The late, great John Wooden once said “Failure isn’t fatal, but failure to change might be”. There is perhaps no more appropriate quote to explain just how detrimental a bad EPC Rating can be. Wooden is correct in stating that failure isn’t fatal. In actual fact, you cannot fail an EPC survey, it is simply not possible.However, failure to change when a bad EPC Rating presents itself could very well be fatal; when an EPC survey is conducted on your property, an assessor will hand you a mark of between 1 and 100. Depending on your final mark, your...

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How to Bring Your EPC Rating Up

While selling a property can be an unforgiving task filled with hidden fees and unwanted stresses at every hairpin turn, an often forgotten part of ensuring a house sale goes smoothly is the EPC Rating. There are many instances where house sales have all but gone through, only for the buyer to back out at the last moment because of a poor EPC rating. Do not be fooled, it can certainly happen. With new energy efficiency structures being put in place by the government with regularity, it is now more essential than ever to have a good EPC Rating,...

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Report Reveals London’s Buildings Have Poor Energy Efficiency

In a damning 2016 report by the Association for the Conservation of Energy, over a third of non-domestic buildings in London were rated E or lower on the Energy Performance Certificate scale. 37% of buildings in London were given this grade, in comparison to just 34% that achieved a rating of C or higher. Perhaps most worryingly for England’s capital is the 18,000 non-domestic buildings that rated F or G, meaning they will fall victim to new legislation that will forbid the rental of property in the private sector if the EPC rating is lower than an E. The...

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EPCs and Mortgages: What You Need to Know

What is an EPC? Valid for ten years, an Environmental Performance Certificate (EPC) is a guide given to possible new tenants of a property that provides them with information about its efficiency. It involves details on energy consumption, estimated costs of running the home and a summary of energy performance related features. It’s particularly useful if the new tenants wish to improve the current energy efficiency of the house and, with permission from their landlord, they can now undertake measures on rented properties. The higher the energy rating, the more marketable the building will be as it’s less costly...

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Glasgow, What’s your History?

As the second largest city in Scotland, Glasgow has had a long and prosperous history to become one of the busiest locations in the UK. A lot of this prosperity came from its involvement with the industrial revolution in the 1800s, where the steel and coal industries became its main source of income. Situated next to a port, Glasgow’s ship building trade also played a huge part in the revolution. 6th Century: The Beginning Glasgow was probably founded in the 6th century, although there is not exact documentation of this time. St. Mungo built a church on Glas Gu (green place), which became a settlement for fishermen. Eventually this settlement grew into a small town. 1100s St. Mungo’s church was converted into a cathedral in 1136 and, shortly after, the King gave Glasgow a charter, meaning that the townspeople were granted certain rights. Medieval Glasgow During the middle ages, Glasgow’s population grew to around 1,500 – a large settlement at that time. The city consisted of four main streets – difficult to imagine now! 1400s In 1457, the university was founded, attracting scholars across the country. Not long after that, Glasgow was made a royal burgh in 1454. 1600s By the 1600s, the population had grown to around 7,000. However, the plague saw the death of many. Despite this devastation, the city recovered and continue to grow over the...

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