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CLG Consultation: Making better use of Energy Performance Certificates and data

ACE together with Friends of the Earth have submitted a written response to the Department for Communities and Local Government consultation: “Making better use of Energy Performance Certificates and data: Consultation”

In Summary

ACE and Friends of the Earth welcome this consultation on improving the delivery of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Display Energy Certificates (DECs). We also welcome the strong moves that Government is taking to provide access to the growing building stock database created by the logging of EPCs and DECs.
The consultation does not however address three fundamental points that we believe are of central importance to ensuring that this vital policy, which will be instrumental to future building energy efficiency policies, is effective.

  • We strongly urge the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) to investigate and stamp out any inconsistency in EPC assessment and tighten up the certification and training of Energy Assessors.
  • We call for swift revision of the recommendations that are included on the EPC to include all ‘cost-optimal’ improvements (in line with the trajectory of the revised EPBD). Information should be displayed in a way that encourages maximum action including the more expensive measures rather than crudely drawing a line between cost-effective and non-cost effective, which acts a disincentive to whole house retrofit.
  • Thirdly, there is a need for the Government to design, build and introduce a scheme of policy measures that work alongside and in support of EPCs with the objective of improving the overall standard and energy efficiency of the housing stock. This scheme of policy measures should be designed to encourage householders to take action on the EPC recommendations.
  • Thirdly, there is a need for the Government to design, build and introduce a scheme of policy measures that work alongside and in support of EPCs with the objective of improving the overall standard and energy efficiency of the housing stock. As part of this scheme of policy measures, which should include more generous incentives, access to affordable finance, support and advice, ACE and Friends of the Earth call on Government to introduce minimum standards of energy efficiency from 2015 at the latest which incrementally increase over time.

If you would like to read our response to all the questions then please click here

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