Possible new EPC

There are important proposed changes in the energy efficiency assessment process for homes, replacing the existing Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a new Home Energy Model. Here’s a breakdown of the key points:

  1. Changes in Assessment Process: The current Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) will be replaced by the Future Homes Standard assessment, which includes measuring all windows, assessing rooms in the roof, introducing a new age band for properties built from 2023 onwards, and considering the use of power diverters, battery storage, and heat pumps.
  2. Reasons for Changes: The changes stem from the government’s ambition to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The focus will shift from heating efficiency to carbon emissions, aiming for a more accurate representation of energy efficiency.
  3. Impact on Existing EPCs: The government is currently consulting on the Home Energy Model, with plans to introduce it in April next year. However, the fate of existing EPCs, which typically last for 10 years, is yet to be confirmed. It’s possible they may remain valid until the next assessment is due.
  4. Higher Costs for Landlords: The new assessment system may lead to increased costs for landlords, as additional checks will be required, and assessors may take more time to complete the inspections.

These changes signify a shift towards more comprehensive and accurate assessments of energy efficiency in homes, aligning with broader environmental goals. However, landlords should be prepared for potential increases in costs and adjustments to the assessment process.

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