Energy Performance Certificate guidelines in the UK have been update by the Property and Energy Professionals Association (PEPA). This move may require energy assessors to revisit the properties that have already benefitted from the ECO (Energy Company Obligation) scheme.
There has been some confusion surrounding the ECO scheme since its inception earlier this year. The scheme necessitates a follow-up visit from an Energy Performance Certificate assessor to determine whether the installations made as part of the scheme were operating in the desired manner and helping the property owners make the savings on the bills that they are entitled to.
However, some members were unaware of the necessity of a follow-up visit and were not completing their obligation. Here are some comments explaining the updated guidelines.
“Alongside the Green Deal, the ECO has the potential to significantly improve the energy efficiency of the UK’s housing stock. However, if an ECO installation has taken place and new energy efficiency measures have been made to a property then this needs to be reflected in the EPC.”
“The EPC can only be updated once an energy assessor has revisited the property to conduct a physical inspection. It is not sufficient to rely on documentary evidence. We are strong supporters of the initiatives introduced by the government in recent years to help home owners improve the energy efficiency of their homes and in turn, reduce fuel bills.”
“However, for initiatives such as the ECO to work, we need clarity among the industry and rigorous controls in place to ensure that all companies carrying out ECO installations are clear of the requirements placed on them and are delivering improvements of a consistently high standard – which are directly reducing a home’s carbon emissions.”
An Energy Performance Certificate expert may be able to determine further savings in the property can be made and how to make them. As the ECO scheme primarily targets properties and areas that are in most urgent need to money saving installations, this additional help will be greatly welcomed. The scheme was engineered as a means to help those in most dire need help themselves whilst lowering the total energy consumption of country.
Combining the various Government-ran schemes and the expertise of assessors, property owners could stand to save incredible amounts of money on their energy bills every year.