What is a Predicted Energy Assessment?
A Predicted Energy Assessment (PEA) is a document that provides an estimate of the energy efficiency of a property that is under construction or not yet completed. It’s essentially a preliminary version of an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which can only be produced once the construction of a property is complete.
The PEA provides an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), based on the property’s design and planned materials. This rating is calculated using details about the property’s size, layout, construction, heating, cooling, and hot water systems.
Once the property is completed, an updated assessment is carried out to produce the final EPC. The EPC will also include recommendations for improving the property’s energy efficiency.
In the UK, it’s a legal requirement to have a valid EPC or PEA whenever a property is built, sold, or rented. The aim is to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and to give buyers and tenants information about the property’s energy use and costs.