The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is consulting on the role of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), which has evolved significantly since their creation in 2008. EPCs are instrumental in a number of buildings’ energy performance policies, and increasingly support the development of green finance.
The energy industry has raised concerns in relation to EPCS; such as: design of new buildings not matching construction specifications, poor information about actual construction (for existing building), errors in observing and recording details of the building and concerns about the modelling of new technologies. While there are limits to EPCs, they also remain a cornerstone of buildings’ energy performance policies and research.
In our response, we develop the following recommendations to address some of these concerns:
- Using operational energy performance to monitor the robustness of energy performance certificates,
- Complementing improvement measures on EPCs with appropriate support to improve landlords’ outlook on energy efficiency, including through existing services;
- Provide a level-playing field for rural off-gas grid property owners faced with higher cost fuel choices by adjusting the energy efficiency rating to actual energy use,
- Supporting councils carry out enforcement work through government providing greater analytical and practical support against a background of funding cuts.
We are responding to questions 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 13, 16, 17, 18, 21 and 22 of the Call for Evidence.