There have been recent changes to the requirements for lodging an EPC. Stroma Certification would like to explain these changes and their impact on our members.
There has been an amendment to the inclusion of Solar PV to achieve a D rating (see Clause 7.23 and 7.24). Solar PV can no longer be included in an EPC for Feed in Tariff to achieve D rating.
In essence, any property in receipt of the higher tariff is required to have a D rated EPC or higher. This EPC should have been submitted before Solar PV is commissioned.
Once a D rating has been achieved then a lodged EPC will be required. The EPC will pre-date the Commissioning date once Solar PV has been installed and compliance with the new regulations has been met. However, if the D rating has not been achieved prior to install then it will be necessary to upload a draft EPC (in order to signal to the installer which EPC points will be added via the install). Once the install has taken place then a re-inspection must be booked in order to grant a D rated lodged EPC. The portal will shortly be updated to prevent draft EPCs being uploaded with or without Solar. Please read this extract from the EST website for further information
DECC has also announced that from 24 March a Green Deal Advice Report will no longer be required when making an application for the Domestic RHI. Following this date, applications will only require an EPC which is less than 2 years old. You can read the Ofgem policy paper in full here
Stroma Certification will keep members informed of any further changes to these key policies.
If you have any questions regarding these changes please contact our technical support team on 0845 621 11 11 (ext.614).