How these self builders could only get a 'D' EPC rating — despite building an eco home

A home in Ashford, Kent with a mossy roof and electric gate
This home in Kent was given an EPC rating of 'D' after a RdSAP assessment, which the homeowners claim "is not worth the paper it is printed on" as the home was originally given a 'C' rating (Image credit: Google Street View)

A couple seeking to sell their home were left shocked when they received a 'D' EPC rating, despite the home receiving a 'C' rating when it was built in 1994.

The couple claim the home has high insulation levels with a U-value (the rate at which homes lose heat) of just 0.1W/m2K and includes an air source heat pump.

Joseph Mullane
News Editor

News Editor Joseph has previously written for Today’s Media and Chambers & Partners, focusing on news for conveyancers and industry professionals.  Joseph has just started his own self build project, building his own home on his family’s farm with planning permission for a timber frame, three-bedroom house in a one-acre field. The foundation work has already begun and he hopes to have the home built in the next year. Prior to this he renovated his family's home as well as doing several DIY projects, including installing a shower, building sheds, and livestock fences and shelters for the farm’s animals. Outside of homebuilding, Joseph loves rugby and has written for Rugby World, the world’s largest rugby magazine.