Easier EPCs? Housing minister launches new ‘environmental MOT’ style service

Christopher Pincher says service will enable property professionals to check if a property has a valid EPC much more easily, and also order a new one if it does not.

Housing minister Christopher Pincher has launched an online service to improve the energy efficiency of people’s homes as the government bids to achieve its ‘net zero emissions’ target by 2050.

The new website is in effect a ‘environmental MOT’ for homes and will make it much easier for sales and letting agents to find out if a property has a valid EPC, and generate one if it does not including sourcing an approved assessor.

Like other government s­­ervices including MOT certificates and Road Tax, the energy certificates will now exist as a web page making it easier for EPC assessors to share a certificate with estate agents simply by emailing a web page instead of a file.

“This makes it far easier for citizens and property professionals to store, view and share this vital information,” says Pincher.

Timothy Douglas, Policy and Campaigns Manager at ARLA Propertymark, says: “On the face of it these proposals simply do not take into account the state of the UK’s housing stock.

“We all want to see more energy efficient homes, but the new rules and requirements must be realistic and achievable.

“Landlords and their letting agents are already taking the brunt of tax changes and many are providing support to tenants with Covid related arrears.

“A simplified exemptions regime and additional financial support must be made available otherwise the measures in their current form, will not be achievable and that would mean further reductions in the supply of rented accommodation available.”

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One Comment

  1. I know it is Saturday morning, but have I missed something here? There already is an easy way to find an EPC (the national database) so what is the new online service really about? It is not about how to find an EPC on a property.

    There is a lot of discussion about PAS2030 and PAS2035 for retrofitting of energy efficiency measures. The transition period from PAS2030 to PAS2035 ends in June 2021 and this is certainly worth the minister’s time discussing as few people seem to be aware of the implications of this.

    The new system will introduce a medium term roadmap for retrofit of energy efficiency measures. PAS 2035 requires there to be an holistic review of each property undergoing retrofit, a plan for the fitting of the recommended measures by tradesmen who are both trained and registered for the measure and the checking of the measures on completion.

    There is the introduction of a new “overseer” of the process; the retrofit coordinator. They have responsibility for bringing together the various elements of design, tender, fitting and inspection of the measures to ensure high standards are achieved – unlike the previous ECO or Green Deal bun fights where the installation failure rate was 10%+.

    Lets hear from the minister about that – not EPC lists.

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