Demand for EPCs grows by 31%

Elmhurst’s DEA members in England and Wales have seen record levels of growth in the last 18 months with lodgement volumes having grown by 31% - perhaps surprising considering the lack of national energy efficiency initiatives and a sluggish sales market.

The number of EPCs issued in the private retail sector has grown by over 200% in the same period - a dramatic growth which could have three possible drivers:

  1. The first, and most obvious, is the introduction of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) which, from 1st April 2018, made it illegal to rent out a privately owned dwelling with an EPC below an 'E' rating. Homes which fell into this category needed to be improved and a new EPC issued, or, in some rare cases, an exemption could be applied for.
  2. The second driver will be the level of compliance in the private rented sector. The private sale sector has always benefited from the involvement of solicitors to check that all the legal obligations relating to the purchase have been met, the same cannot be said for the private rental sector. The introduction of MEES has raised the profile of EPCs and it is no longer a piece of paper in a drawer, but now something that needs to be read and acted upon. We suspect that an unintended consequence of MEES is to raise the level of compliance in this sector.
  3. Lastly is the impact of the ten year validity period. EPCs were introduced in 2008 and the earliest of these is now reaching its shelf life and is no longer valid in the eyes of the law. There is evidence that up to 10% of EPCs being issued today are to replace an EPC that is more than ten years old.

Whatever the driving force, this is a welcome boost for energy assessors in England and maybe a prediction for what might happen in Scotland when minimum energy standards are planned to arrive next April.

If you are a landlord, homeowner or tenant requiring help to understand the implications of MEES then please contact any of the 7000 Elmhurst Members - your nearest can be located on our Search for an Assessor facility. To find out how to become a Domestic Energy Assessor please visit our website.


Article published: 2nd September 2019

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