What would it mean to you if your property EPC rating was increased by one or two bands? For a typical British home this could mean increasing the property value by £5,000 – £10,000, and the value placed on EPC ratings by home buyers is increasing rapidly each year as fuel bills rise. For landlords with traditional properties inaccurate EPCs often mean that your property is being graded lower than it should be. This is especially true if you have installed fabric insulation measures. Therefore fixing the problems with EPCs will make it easier for your properties to reach minimum energy efficiency standards.
The ‘EPC Project’ exists to gather and present evidence to: The Building Research Establishment (who write the EPC software), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Department for Levelling Up Homes and Communities (DLUHC). This evidence makes the case for fixing the problems with EPC calculations. We are campaigning to ensure these problems are fixed in the new version of EPCs due out in 2023, and not delayed until the following version due out in a few years time. Fixing the problems now is essential to avoid tenants falling into fuel poverty, millions of pounds being invested in the wrong technologies, homes being wrongly underrated, and Britain’s retrofit programme being taken off the pathway to net zero.