A new framework for issuing Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) comes into force on 20 September. Make sure this doesn’t delay completion and handover of your construction project by reading our guide to the changes.
The EPC register will now be managed by the government
The government has decided not to renew the contract with Landmark, the company responsible for maintaining the EPC register.
Instead, the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government will provide the service “in-house”.
The new register will consolidate the four existing energy assessment registers:
- Domestic Energy Assessments
- On-Construction Domestic Energy Assessments
- Non-Domestic Energy Assessments
- Display Energy Certificates and Air-Conditioning
All existing EPCs will be automatically carried across to the new database.
The changes do not apply to Scotland
The new register only applies to England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Energy Savings Trust will continue to provide the Scottish Register.
Energy Performance Certificates will no longer be available as a PDF
The biggest change is that Energy Performance Certificates will no longer be available as a PDF document.
Instead, the document will be accessed via a URL web link that is hosted on a “.gov” website.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government says the user experience will be similar to MOTs and tax returns.
There will be a downloadable document available from the website.
However, this will only be a summary document and is not a replacement for the actual EPC.
“This will be a big change to many of our customers, and us, who enjoy the ease and flexibility of a PDF document that can be emailed, quickly viewed and stored locally,” says Anthony Dale, senior sustainability consultant at Darren Evans.
The draft EPC function is being removed
The government approved energy assessment software will no longer include the draft EPC function.
This is a big change for the many people who use draft EPCs at design stage for a variety of functions.
“The software providers are working on solutions to this, so there may be some form of document available in due course, but it will not be a draft EPC that everyone is used to. We will monitor this for developments,” says Anthony.
The design and content of EPCs is changing
The government is also changing the design and content of the EPCs with a view to ensuring the most relevant information is available and easy to follow.
Options to help people improve the energy efficiency of their building will be available on the website. This includes links to grants and approved installers for energy efficiency measures.
With the built environment accounting for around 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint, EPCs remain a vital tool in reducing emissions.
“A simple, standardised and effective method to demonstrate a building’s energy performance is incredibly important, and the new framework continues to provide this,” says Anthony.
“EPCs are a vital part of the UK’s drive to be net-zero carbon by 2050,” he adds.
Here at Darren Evans, we are in close contact with our accreditation bodies to make sure you are up to date and prepared for the change.
Please contact us if you would like to discuss the impact of the changes on any of your projects. We will be happy to help.