Chief Executive of the Building Research Establishment, Gillian Charlesworth, said the following about the need for an EPC overhaul:
“Energy Performance Certificates cover 60 per cent of UK homes and are a key source of information used in planning retrofit programmes and in government policies. But too often, home buyers and sellers see the certificates as just a bureaucratic necessity.
“With targeted reforms, the government can ensure the EPC can really achieve its potential as a trusted starting point for advice and information on how we can all make our homes better.
“The transition to clean energy in homes is starting to gather pace; the last few months have seen an upsurge in interest in installing heat pumps. Whether it’s clean heat, upgrading insulation, solar panels or other modern energy technologies, reforms to the EPC to make it more up-to-date, accurate and usable will be key to supporting homeowners play their part in the journey to net zero.
“We urge policymakers to read this report and consider its recommendations as a way of driving the decarbonisation of the UK’s domestic building stock.”
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