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Government launches consultation to check efficiency of EPCs

By Maurice Shasha  //  Tue 21st August 2018
The government has launched a consultation to find evidence on how EPCs are currently performing. The consultation is open until 19 October 2018. Have your say.
The government has launched a consultation into the current performance of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and how they might be improved.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy recently published details of the consultation and why it has chosen to seek evidence on how EPCs might be improved.

The government aims to establish 'how EPCs currently perform against three attributes: quality, availability, encouraging action to improve energy efficiency'.

The call for evidence document also lists recommendations for improvements, but the government is keen to hear anyone who uses EPCs regularly, which includes landlords in both the domestic and commercial private rented sector.

As landlords are required to present new tenants with an EPC of the property, landlords may wish to get involved in the consultation and express their views as to how EPCs can be more effective.

The Ministerial Foreword included in the call to evidence document reveals the motivation behind the consultation: "EPCs have the potential to do even more. New sources of data and information, including from smart meters, could allow EPCs to more accurately reflect energy performance, whilst other changes could help make EPCs and the data underpinning them more accessible to people."

The foreword continues: "EPC ratings could also underpin an evolving market in ‘green mortgages’ and other green finance products, allowing people to benefit financially from better performing properties."

Both landlords and tenants benefit from 'better performing properties', and this consultation is the latest push by the government to improve energy efficiency across the private rented sector as a whole.

You can find out more about the consultation and how to respond here.

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