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EPC update guidelines issued

The Property and Energy Professionals Association (PEPA) has issued guidance to highlight the need for energy assessors to revisit any properties that have benefited from an ECO installation to update the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

Its advice comes in response to concerns raised by a number of members, which highlighted confusion among some accreditation schemes.

Some were under the false impression that if an EPC was required following an Energy Companies Obligation (ECO) installation, a revisit was not required, so long as documentary evidence that the work had been carried out was available.

PEPA has reiterated to all of the schemes it works with that this is not the case and that if an ECO installation has taken place, then a physical revisit is required by an energy assessor to update the EPC.

Chairman Stephen O’Hara said: “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.”

The ECO was introduced by the Department of Energy and Climate Change in January 2013 to reduce the UK’s energy consumption and support people living in fuel poverty.

It does this by funding energy efficiency improvements worth around £1.3bn every year.

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