Will EPCs be reviewed in Brexit Britain?
ENERGY Performance Certificates (EPCs) could be overhauled following the decision to leave the European Union.
Under current regulations, which are part of the EU’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, EPCs must be obtained by anyone selling or renting out their property.
An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating between A, the most efficient, and G, the least efficient. It is also supposed to give information about a property’s energy usage and provide recommendations on how to save money.
However, according to a recent article in The Times, there is some uncertainty about what will happen to the existing system.
What might change
A lot of people now accept that an EPC is part of the home buying process and it does give buyers or renters some very useful information.
It’s a good comparison when thinking about homes on the lower end of the scale. Less energy efficient homes are more dependent on fuel and much more expensive to run than a house that has an energy performance rating of C or above.
Experts agree that the EPC will probably remain but now would be an ideal opportunity for the Government to look at its calculations when it comes to determining energy efficiency.
How you can make your home more energy efficient
It’s estimated that around 22 million homes could benefit from some form of improvement to energy efficiency measures.
These include spray foam insulation, loft insulation and cavity wall insulation. This is where an EPC is helpful – people can see an almost immediate impact on their ratings and, perhaps more importantly, how much money they’re spending on heating bills.
Where an EPC doesn’t do so well is registering the benefits from renewable heating systems and next generation green heating and lighting within its calculations.
For this reason, it would be great to think that the Government will look at this and see it as a chance to build even further on what an EPC already does so well.