The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has announced a consultation into the use of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). The consultation closes on 19 October 2018.
The aim of the consultation is to gain evidence on the effectiveness of EPCs, assess the suitability of the current system for the current and future use of EPCs and obtain suggestions for improvement.
The consultation applies to both residential and commercial property in England and Wales. Any changes to the EPC regime in England and Wales are, however, likely to have an impact on the equivalent regimes in Scotland and Northern Ireland (where EPCs are a devolved matter). Evidence of any potential issues or any practical ways to manage this impact will be welcomed in the consultation responses.
BEIS is seeking evidence on how EPCs perform against three attributes: quality, availability and encouraging action to improve energy efficiency.
The consultation also outlines suggested ideas for improvement. Many of these ideas have been suggested by businesses and industry representatives but BEIS stresses that the list is not exhaustive and additional ideas are welcome.
BEIS would like to receive responses from anyone who regularly uses EPCs, but in particular from:
- Building owners and occupiers (both from the commercial and residential sectors).
- Estate agents and others involved in the sale or leasing of buildings.
- All parts of the energy efficiency products supply chain. This includes EPC assessors, accreditation bodies, software providers and enforcement bodies.