The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has released a Call for Evidence on Energy Performance Certificates for Buildings.
Released in July, the Call for Evidence aims to gain industry views on the effectiveness of Energy Performance Certificates. This includes the suitability of the current EPC system and suggestions for improving it after we leave the European Union in 2019.
Improving the energy performance of buildings is part of the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy. The Clean Growth Strategy aims to reduce energy usage of buildings through improving the use of Energy Performance Certificates; this includes setting targets for upgrading EPC ratings of homes across Britain.
The Government now aims to improve EPCs in private rented homes and fuel-poor homes to a rating of C by 2030, as well as improving other homes across the country to band C by 2035. This follows on from the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) which took effect in April 2018. The MEES legislation sets a minimum energy standard for properties let out by residential and commercial landlords.
Therefore, the Government has launched the Call for Evidence to gain feedback on how EPCs can be further improved to reduce energy usage and to meet their Clean Growth Strategy. This represents a real opportunity for energy assessors and other industry professionals to assist the Government in setting future policies for the EPC.
View the Energy Performance of Buildings Call for Evidence here.
Andy Parkin, Director of Energy Certification, said: “This is a massive opportunity for our industry to help shape the Governments views, the subjects of future consultation and eventually changes for the EPC. This opportunity should be ceased upon by Stroma Certification and our members. Responding to this call for evidence is vital to ensure that we are part of the change process and that the future of the EPC is one we all want to see.
From the outset, I would like to see the validity period of the EPC reduced to ensure that accurate and up-to-date EPCs are on the register. This will allow EPCs to be used with more confidence for a greater variety of schemes, policies and processes, which in turn will raise the profile of the report to the benefit of our members.
I am keen to hear your key views and will be coming to meet as many assessors as possible in the coming months before the Call for Evidence closes.”
The Government are seeking your views on how well Energy Performance Certificates are performing, including quality, availability and actions to improve energy efficiency.
If you’re an energy assessor, building owner or occupier, estate agent or anyone who regularly uses EPCs, get your voice heard today!
To respond to the Call for Evidence, please do so via Citizen Space by the 19th October 2018.
Stroma Certification will be responding to the consultation in due course and would invite our members to do so too. We will also be digesting the document thoroughly and headlining key points to share with our members soon.
If you have any questions, please contact us on 01977 665 420 (ext. 614).