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Industry figure casts doubt on EPCs future

An industry figure has claimed that energy performance certificates (EPCs) are too inexpensive to sustain companies devoted to energy assessment. The comments come in response to a Government snapshot survey which showed that estate agents were charging an average of £350 for home information packs (HIPs). Mike Malina, manager of the energy management division at Commtech estimated that the energy performance certificates would account for approximately £100 of this. “From an industry point of view, it is difficult to see how many companies can make money from energy performance certificates,” he said. “The EPCs will total maybe £100, so a company would have to have them lined up to be able to make significant money. Only one-man bands will be able to take them on. “It may be a different story on display energy certificates for commercial buildings, but we don’t know yet if pricing will be left to the market or if there will be Government guidance. Once again, the Government seems to be leaving it to the last moment.” The Government is today extending EPCs and HIPs to three bedroom homes. According to the survey, average four bedroom homes are getting an 'E' energy rating. The Government said that homes receiving an ‘E’, could potentially rise to a 'C' if consumers undertake measures recommended in the certificates, such as loft and cavity wall insulation. Communities Minister Iain Wright said: 'Families buying four bedroom homes are getting clear information which shows how they can save hundreds of pounds on their fuel bills and cut carbon emissions too.'