Landmark check shows benefit of energy performance certificates

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By eightwireify | Thursday, December 05, 2013, 13:11

 

Legislation that makes an energy performance certificate

(EPC) mandatory when a home is sold, has led to Cornwall's housing stock being

greener and more valuable—according to Cornish experts who have conducted

10,000 such tests.

  

The EPC was introduced in England and Wales in August 2007

as part of the home information pack (HIP) which aimed to make property sales

smoother and less prone to failure by encouraging the seller to gather

information about the house before it went on the market.

  

The HIP was abandoned in May 2010 by the coalition

government—but the need for EPCs, which are required under European law,

remained.

  

When selling or renting out a domestic property or

commercial building it is a requirement to have an EPC available for potential

buyers from the point at which a property is marketed for sale or rent.

The EPC illustrates how energy efficient a building is,

informing a potential tenant or purchaser how costly it will be to heat, light

and what its carbon footprint might be. The EPC also recommends improvements in

order to achieve a better rating—and reduce fuel bills.

This has led to Cornwall's home owners and tenants investing

in more efficient lighting,  heating

and insulation for their homes and to developers taking insulation into account

during the build process.

  

Andrew Berry managing director of Kernow Property Services,

who commissioned the landmark 10,000th EPC from PSG Cornwall, said:

"People are definitely becoming more aware of what they do, the importance of being

more efficient with energy and also the savings they can make.

  

He added: "I think people are looking at energy

performance certificates and seeing what they could potentially save. If we're

looking at being efficient and optimising our energy use. That's got to translate into good things for

the environment."

Dr Simon Gill, managing partner of PSG Cornwall which

provides searches and EPCs, for sales in Cornwall, said: "Despite EPCs

being introduced during an unsettled period for the UK property sector, it

appears that this legislation is definitely having the effect it was supposed

to have and as a result of work that people are doing to their homes following

an EPC, the housing stock in general is rising in value. That means it's good

for the householder as well as being good for the planet."

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