Government releases 2 new open consultations

The government has released two new open consultations: Improving the energy performance of privately rented homes and Retrofitting non-domestic buildings for improved energy efficiency.

Improving the energy performance of privately rented homes

Deadline for comments: 11:45pm on 30 December 2020

https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/improving-the-energy-performance-of-privately-rented-homes

The government has committed to upgrade as many private rented sector homes as possible to Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Band C by 2030, where practical, cost-effective and affordable.

This consultation sets out a suite of policy proposals towards achieving this. These proposals will bring significant benefits to landlords, tenants and our environment including:

  • Reducing energy bills and increased comfort for tenants and supporting delivery of our statutory fuel poverty target of EPC C by 2030
  • Potential property value improvements for landlords
  • Delivering carbon emission savings over Carbon Budgets 4 and 5, making progress towards our net zero target.

BEIS have published a consultation stage impact assessment alongside this consultation.

BSI PAS 2038 - Retrofitting non-domestic buildings for improved energy efficiency - Specification - Issued for public consultation

Deadline for comments: 26 Oct 2020

BSI would like to invite you and your organization to comment on the following draft during its ~4-week consultation period:

PAS 2038, Retrofitting non-domestic buildings for improved energy efficiency - Specification

A PAS (Publicly Available Specification) is a sponsored, fast-track, consensus-building informal standard that is produced by the UK national standards body, BSI Standards Limited. The development of PAS 2038 has been sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

To download, review and comment on the draft, please go to:

http://standardsdevelopment.bsigroup.com/projects/2019-03369

“Both of these consultations are massive for our industry and will set the tone and future direction for key objectives - MEES and Retrofit of Commercial Buildings.

It is crucial that all stakeholders that the opportunity to have their say on these two subjects, so I implore you take the time to review and respond. If you cannot answer all the questions, then ensure you spend the time on the ones that you can answer or on areas that will impact you in some way.

Stroma Certification will of course be producing a response to these consultations, and we will welcome any comments or feedback from our members as part of our response. If you would like to provide feedback, or a copy of your response, please send them over to info@Stroma.com.” – Director of Energy Certification, Andrew Parkin

Announcement of the New EPB Register Service and Publication of the Response to the EPC Call for Evidence and EPC Action Plan

Housing Minister Christopher Pincher has today announced the launch of a new digital service to support homeowners to improve the energy performance of their homes.

40% of the UK's energy consumption and carbon emissions arise from the way buildings are lit, heated and used so improving the energy efficiency of buildings will be a major factor in meeting the Government’s target of net zero emissions by 2050.

The new service https://getting-new-energy-certificate.digital.communities.gov.uk/ makes it easier for people to find an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) assessor and understand the action that can be taken to improve the energy performance of their home or building.

The site also enables policy makers to gather high quality data to understand the energy performance of existing housing stock.

Like other government services including MOT certificates and Road Tax Disks, the energy certificates now exist as a web page making it easier for assessors to share with their clients by emailing a web page instead of a file. This makes it far easier for citizens and property professionals to store, view and share this vital information.

The new online register https://find-energy-certificate.digital.communities.gov.uk/ will continue to house searchable data on over 27 million energy assessments, enabling residents and landlords to obtain their Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and to take action to improve the energy performance of their property.

Alongside this, MHCLG is publishing a summary of the responses to the EPC Call for Evidence and Action Plan which explores how to build a better, more accurate and trusted Energy Performance Certificates system. This was a commitment in the Clean Growth Strategy and has been delivered in partnership with BEIS. The documents can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/energy-performance-certificates-in-buildings-call-for-evidence