Landmark check shows benefit of energy performance certificates
By eightwireify | Thursday, December 05, 2013, 13:11
Andrew Berry of Kernow Property Services receiving congratulations from PSG Cornwall’s operations manager Karen Wright (left) and EPC manager Caroline Henney (right) for helping PSG reach its 10,000th EPC.
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,
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
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."