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Submitted by: MikeC (Admin) on 02-Mar-10 11:49:12 AM

The CLG has just published its consultation paper on Making better use of Energy Performance Certificates and data: Consultation (pdf):

To enhance their contribution, we are consulting on a number of measures to help improve the effectiveness of EPCs and to make better use of energy performance data.

It seeks views on proposals for:

  • making better use of the energy performance data by extending and managing access to EPC data held on the England and Wales domestic and non-domestic EPC registers;
  • enabling local authorities (LAs) to use EPC data to support development of wider purposes such as support of local Carbon Frameworks as set out in the Household Energy Management Strategy (HEM) 2010;
  • EPCs for houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) when rooms in such buildings are rented out
  • EPCs for short-term holiday lets
  • property adverts to show the EPC rating
  • extending the use of DECs to commercial buildings
  • making lodgement of ACRs on the England and Wales non-domestic EPC register mandatory
  • clarifying when EPCs are required for sale or renting out of domestic and non-domestic properties.

Greener Homes, the Government’s strategy for Household Energy Management (HEMS)

And there is the much-anticipated release of the above-titled paper – but this time from the DECC: Warm Homes, Greener Homes is the Government’s Household Energy Management Strategy (HEMS).

From the executive summary:

“Our ambition is that by 2020:

every home where it is practical will have loft and cavity wall insulation – an ambition we intend to deliver on by 2015;

every home in Britain will have a smart meter and display to help them better manage their use of energy;

up to 7 million households will have had an eco-upgrade which would include advanced measures such as solid wall insulation or heat pumps alongside smart meters and more basic measures;

people living in rented accommodation will enjoy higher levels of energy efficiency as landlords – private and social – take action to improve the fabric of properties;

there will be wider take up of district heating in urban areas, such as in blocks of flats, in new build and social housing, and in commercial and public sector buildings; and

there will be a core of up to 65,000 people employed in the new industry of energy efficiency, and potentially several times more down supply chains. Jobs will include installing and manufacturing energy saving measures or providing home energy advice.”

Put together, 101 pages for your reading pleasure – enjoy!

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