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EPCs Survive the HIP Cull: But What are the New EPC Regulations?

The new Coalition Government suspended HIPs on the 21st May.

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) part of the old HIP Regulations is still retained albeit slightly tweaked, as, European legislation still requires some form of Energy Assessment for all properties.

Therefore, when a Seller puts their property on the market for sale and to ensure that an EPC is available to prospective buyers, the government has laid before Parliament the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010.

The new regulations introduce a number of new requirements including:

The seller need only commission an EPC before marketing of the property commences, where no such certificate is already available. Reasonable efforts must be made to secure the EPC within 28 days. 

Previously as with other components of the HIP this need to be in place prior to marketing a property for sale.

An EPC is treated as being commissioned when a Domestic Energy Assessor has been instructed to prepare the EPC and the EPC has either been  paid for or has given a clear undertaking to pay for it.

A new duty on the person acting on behalf of the seller, normally the Estate Agent or the Seller’s Solicitors if the sale is private to be satisfied that an EPC has been commissioned before marketing is begun.

All of the new duties carry fixed penalties where somebody fails in the duty conferred on them by the new regulations.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were originally introduced as part of the HIP regulations back in August 2007

If truth be told, they were the sole justification for the Labour Government introducing HIPs. The requirement for an EPC married nicely with the green credentials that the government that week was espousing.

An Energy Performance Certificate is prepared after a Domestic Energy Assessor carries out an inspection of your Property. The purpose of this inspection is to calculate how energy efficient and environmentally friendly your property is.

The certificate is drawn up, detailing the costs of running your property, how much Carbon Dioxide it produces per year, a summary of how certain features of your property affect its rating and measures that can be adopted to save money and improve the properties energy efficiency.

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If you need any further information please contact us. If you do so during the course of the World Cup you can get an EPC for free