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EPCs lodged continue free-fall decline

By MikeC (Admin) on 04-Sep-10 14:18. Remarks (4)

The number of residential Energy Performance Certificates lodged in August 2010 plummeted 22pc on the same period in 2009, accelerating the downward trend of 2010, figures reveal.


EPCs lodged in May slide 15pc

By MikeC (Admin) on 10-Jun-10 16:21. Remarks (4)

The number of Energy Performance Certificates for homes lodged in May fell nearly 15pc despite a reported surge in homeseller activity prior to the election


Home Energy Advice: HEMS overview part 2

By MikeC (Admin) on 02-Mar-10 18:50. Remarks (2)

Focusing on the supposedly clarified role of Home Energy Advisors, as described in DECC's Household Energy Management Strategy (HEMS) published today.

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Consultation: Making better use of Energy Performance Certificates and data

By MikeC (Admin) on 02-Mar-10 11:49. Remarks (0)

The CLG has published a consultation on the next step forward for the use of Energy Performance Certificate data and the DECC publishes its HEMS (Household Energy Management) strategy

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Quidos announce free lodgement February

By MikeC (Admin) on 30-Jan-10 14:20. Remarks (0)

Quidos free lodgement February; more on EPC v Passivhaus and AHIPP memberships continue to decline.

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EPC v Passivhaus: The Clash of Standards

By MikeC (Admin) on 29-Jan-10 18:00. Remarks (0)

An EPC rating scores a Passivhaus down to a C - how will the EPC clashes against homes built to the Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) standards? I've also included yesterday's newsblast so there is plenty to catch up on.

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Why Home Information Packs are wrong

By MikeC (Admin) on 18-Jan-10 08:58. Remarks (3)

HIP reformers take note: the Home Information Pack is failing the people and your industry has ignored Domestic Energy Assessors. In short, HIP reform from the industry itself cannot be trusted by neither parties.

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Accreditation schemes and industry react to new CLG rules

By MikeC (Admin) on 08-Jan-10 14:40. Remarks (2)

Three accreditation schemes, an independent Domestic Energy Assessor, and a HIP provider react to new CLG rules on EPC quality standards, from their particular vantage points.

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Accreditation schemes put on notice for “unacceptable practices”, CLG letter reveals

By MikeC (Admin) on 07-Jan-10 15:09. Remarks (7)

The CLG has put dodgy Energy Assessors and accreditation schemes on notice in a pre-christmas letter to schemes which list a catalogue of "unacceptable practices" and shortcomings, this site can reveal. A new regime is implemented with immediate effect.

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NHER report does not threaten Pay As You Save scheme, says Scannell

By MikeC (Admin) on 09-Dec-09 18:02. Remarks (0)

NHER has produced the industry's first in-depth study of more than 300,000 Energy Performance Certificates which concludes that recommendations, if implemented, could achieve carbon and fuel-cost savings of 22pc. Brian Scannell tells me why its findings does not underwhelm Labour and Tory proposals for a Pay As You Save scheme.

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Zero-carbon home for £2500!

By MikeC (Admin) on 09-Dec-09 16:46. Remarks (0)

Lord Dixon Smith says that £2,500 on immersion heaters for hot water, electric cooker and space heaters would make his home zero-carbon. He also says it could cost up to £38,000 to retrofit the least energy efficient homes.

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EPC numbers: Analysing the huge discrepancy

By MikeC (Admin) on 27-Nov-09 16:45. Remarks (1)

There is a massive gap between yesterday's reported EPC numbers from John Healey and those made on the HCR Register which reveals a gulf between marketed sales and other areas of EPC provision, possibly.

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EPCs lodged: monthly breakdown from August 2007 released

By MikeC (Admin) on 26-Nov-09 16:19. Remarks (2)

A detailed monthly breakdown of Energy Performance Certificates lodged for dwellings has been released covering the period of its birth in August 2007 to November 1st 2009.

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EPC Numbers for Oct 09

By MikeC (Admin) on 05-Nov-09 13:57. Remarks (1)

Energy Performance Certificates lodged in October fell 7,960 compared to September 09. The descent to xmas has begun.

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Tory policy may push EPC cost onto home buyers

By MikeC (Admin) on 15-Sep-09 17:55. Remarks (1)

There's no doubt about it, carbon-cutting laws WILL influence property valuations in the medium-term. Under proposed Tory regulations mortgage providers may insist homebuyers pay for Energy Performance Certificates.

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HVCA President: Competing accreditation schemes compromise standards

By MikeC (Admin) on 10-Sep-09 16:15. Remarks (2)

The president of HVCA (Heating and Ventilating Contractors' Association) says competition between certification bodies is compromising standards, producing "individuals who are not fully competant" into the marketplace.

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EPCs Lodged in August Fall

By MikeC (Admin) on 03-Sep-09 14:08. Remarks (0)

Domestic Energy Performance Certificates lodged in August 09 fell by 18,870 compared to July.

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Northern Ireland Law Society Issues EPC Warning

By MikeC (Admin) on 04-Aug-09 14:46. Remarks (0)

The Northern Ireland Law SOciety is warning members of DEAs issuing on-construction EPCs and / or vice versa: OCEAs issuing EPCs for dwellings - bit of scaremongering?

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Some accreditation schemes are ‘little more than software merchants’

By MikeC (Admin) on 24-Jul-09 13:14. Remarks (0)

Andrew Warren, director of Association for the Conservation of Energy has launched a damning attack on the UK's accreditation and training regime and calls for the Energy Performance Certificate to be upgraded.

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Over 2 Million EPCs Lodged in One Year

By MikeC (Admin) on 11-Jul-09 16:49. Remarks (0)

2,030,224 Energy Performance Certificates (RdSAP) have been lodged during the period June 08 - June 09. A monthly breakdown.

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Total EPCs Lodged for Rental Properties: 741,707

By MikeC (Admin) on 29-Apr-09 17:47. Remarks (0)

The total number of EPCs lodged for the rental housing sector - private and social - stands at nearly 742,000, Margaret Beckett has revealed. Now we can approximate market activity in each of the residential sectors, approximately.

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Confirmed: Domestic Energy Assessor Sued

By MikeC (Admin) on 02-Apr-09 16:12. Remarks (1)

NHER have been in touch to confirm that both a DEA and surveyor had successful claims made against them for mis-describing windows in their reports.

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Domestic Energy Assessor Sued, Allegedly

By MikeC (Admin) on 02-Apr-09 13:51. Remarks (2)

Apparently a Domestic Energy Assessor has been sued for marking-down a single-glazed window as double-glazed.

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EPC Not Required in Basic HIP After 6th April

By MikeC (Admin) on 26-Mar-09 18:20. Remarks (5)

The CLG has written to AHIPP saying an Energy Performance Certificate need not be included within a basic Home Information Pack before marketing commences, after 6th April, if it's not available after 14 days.

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Two Million EPCs

By MikeC (Admin) on 24-Mar-09 01:30. Remarks (1)

Baroness Andrews told the House of Lords on Monday that 2 million EPCs were now lodged - that's approx 1.6 million Energy Performance Certicates in 12 months.

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DEAs Authorise Boiler Replacements Under New CERT Rules

By MikeC (Admin) on 21-Feb-09 17:25. Remarks (3)

Only 'independent assessors' and EPCs can identify old G-rated boilers for replacement under new CERT rules announced last week. But Energy Performance Certificates don't publish boiler ratings.

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DIY Landlord EPCs £40

By MikeC (Admin) on 20-Feb-09 14:47. Remarks (6)

That's right, 'We can produce EPCs for £40 from Landlord's own data. We email you our simple questionaire, you complete it and we produce your EPC. All done electronically. No site visit necessary. Simple, efficient and great value.'

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Heat and Energy Saving Strategy - Explored

By MikeC (Admin) on 14-Feb-09 16:21. Remarks (0)

The Government's Heat and Energy Saving Strategy, announced Thursday, directly impacts Domestic Energy Assessors. Here are the main proposals you should be aware of if you're wanting to influence and stay ahead of the crowd.

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Energy Assessor Training Advert

By MikeC (Admin) on 30-Jan-09 17:44. Remarks (3)

Qualified Domestic Energy Assessors are once again voicing deep concerns over the pressure on fees and aggressive training companies promoting a new career to newbies. I decided to ring one of them up...

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IDEA Chairman Forced to Defend £40 EPC Panel Setup

By MikeC (Admin) on 22-Jan-09 19:57. Remarks (2)

The Institute of Domestic Energy Assessors' chairman divides industry once again as he moves to lock fees at £40 for his members - and, some fear, industry too. As George W Bush slides into the shadows, are you with, or against his protege?

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EPC Numbers: Domestic & Non-domestic

By MikeC (Admin) on 21-Jan-09 17:38. Remarks (0)

By the end of 2008, more than 1.5 million domestic EPCs, and 30,000 non-domestic EPCs, had been registered.

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Tories pledge even 'greater competition' in EPC market

By MikeC (Admin) on 16-Jan-09 15:29. Remarks (3)

David Cameron has now launched the Tories' Low-carbon economy green policy paper, and - as far as Energy Performance Certificates are concerned - it's quite frankly confused and in some parts, ambiguous. But the dumbest pledge is to introduce yet more competition into the market, with Corgi gas inspectors and utility companies mentioned as examples

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£40 EPC 'barely covering costs'

By MikeC (Admin) on 14-Jan-09 17:11. Remarks (3)

An independent report from the prestigious UK Energy Research Centre confirms what many Domestic Energy Assessors have been saying since the EPC's inception: they're being ignored; they are way too cheap; and the RdSAP methodology is too weak

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EPC Webchat Initiated by CLG on mumsnet

By MikeC (Admin) on 12-Jan-09 16:08. Remarks (1)

Charlotte Lawrance of ProDEA today took part in a live webchat on the popular website mumsnet as part of a CLG initiative to raise awareness.

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Happy New Year - Cuba

By MikeC (Admin) on 03-Jan-09 13:14. Remarks (0)

That Communist dictator regime in Cuba: what have they got to do with Energy Performance Certificates? Watch the remarkable abridged video - Cuba has lots to teach us.

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Competition for EPCs and HIPs on Google

By MikeC (Admin) on 23-Dec-08 14:36. Remarks (2)

The competition for advert space on Google Adsense for the key-phrase [Energy Performance Certificate] is huge - 201 ads! Time for a bit of research methinks

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Energy Performance Certificate Presentation - Interesting

By MikeC (Admin) on 23-Nov-08 12:32. Remarks (0)

Very interesting presentation (podcast and slides available) from Dr Brenda Boardman to the All Party Parliamentary Group on Peak Oil and Gas (APPGOPO) earlier this month, discussing the importance and potential benefits of Energy Performance Certificates. Recommended.

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CLG to Research Effectiveness of EPCs

By MikeC (Admin) on 22-Nov-08 17:12. Remarks (0)

Research into the effectiveness of Energy Performance Certificates, including whether home-owners are following-up recommendations within, is to begin early 2009, Iain Wright has said.

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CLG Reveal Number of EPCs per Rating Band

By MikeC (Admin) on 11-Nov-08 16:41. Remarks (0)

A breakdown of the latest number of Energy Performance Certificates within each rating band has been revealed by the CLG. Total number of EPCs now produced: 1,395,979

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Don't Forget - Landmark Offline Until Sunday

By MikeC (Admin) on 04-Nov-08 14:45. Remarks (0)

From 1900 hrs tonight (Saturday 8th November 2008) until Sunday 9th November (1900 hrs) at the earliest, Landmark will be offline so no EPC lodgements will be possible

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