Happy 10th Birthday to the EPC

Leading energy assessment specialist Elmhurst Energy is issuing a timely reminder on the tenth anniversary of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) becoming law.

EPCs first came into law in England & Wales on 1st August 2007, as part of the Home Information Pack (HIPs) for domestic property sales with four or more bedrooms. Valid for a decade, they were rolled out with different milestones over the following years, for different property types and in different regions of the UK. Elmhurst Energy is now recommending that those responsible for checking the validity of EPCs must do more than simply check an EPC exists – they must ensure it is valid.

“Up to now everyone assumes that an EPC is valid if it simply exists,” explains Martyn Reed, Managing Director of Elmhurst Energy. “We are clarifying that this can no longer be assumed, and an extra check is required to ensure valid EPCs are in place for property sales and lettings.”

“We advise all people and organisations to check the validity of EPCs firstly by obtaining the EPC for the property  and checking the date of certificate, displayed on the first page. If it  is older than ten years then it is out of date and is therefore not legally valid .”

Elmhurst’s unique place in History

Since 1993, Elmhurst has been a leading expert in the field of energy assessment for domestic dwellings.

In 2003/4 we were contracted by Government along with the BRE, MVM (Northgate) and NHER to develop the Reduced Data Standardised Assessment Procedure (RdSAP) for energy rating dwellings. After 10 years we are now the only scheme with this unique in depth knowledge of this vital sector.

Example Report as part of Home Information Pack: (Note section ‘H’. Hidden right at the back!)

A later version, which is more like the standalone EPC with the 2 graphs:

Ongoing Improvements & the Future

Elmhurst’s expertise in this sector continues, we have been heavily involved in all the amendments and changes to the EPC and RdSAP methodology from the start (there have been many!). It is now a very different methodology, but at its heart it is still a measuring tool which allows the public to directly compare the performance of different styles of home and to provide impartial recommendations on opportunities to un improve the energy performance of their home.  We at Elmhurst value our history but ensure that we build upon it to always be at the cutting edge of this fast moving industry

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