THE new EPC Register is Now Launched!!
New Energy Performance of Buildings Central Register for England, Wales, and Northern Ireland launched on 20th Sept 2020 is the new EPC Register.
New EPCs completely differ from old ones in look, appearance, and download. Like the old PDF, download is now completely discontinued. Unlike data managed by private companies, the new register is on gov.uk domain, and the ownership and management of data is by the government directly
What are the Changes in New EPC Register?
More Information in new EPC certificates.
The new register is to improve the overall customer experience. The new EPC register has more information on questions like, What to do after a survey? Where to get information related to grants and funding for improvement measures? How to find trusted installers?
But the old register simply stored certificates and users downloads them as pdf files.
Web-oriented EPC Certificates.
This is one big change that needs highlighting. Instead of allowing a user to download the certificate as a PDF, new register displays the whole certificate as a web page. The user still has the option to print a certificate from the web page itself. When printing the certificate user can convert it to a PDF if required. But, the direct PDF download as in the old register is now discontinued.
New EPC Look.
New Energy Performance Certificate Header
The address of the house surveyed is in this portion. Also, it shows what kind of dwelling is EPC rated and what is the total floor area of the property.
This also shows the validity of the EPC certificate.
Rating Chart of New EPC
The calculation methodology of energy ratings on the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is on the RdSAP procedure which is derived from the UK Building Research Establishment’s Domestic Energy Model (BREDEM).
This was originally developed in the 1980s and also underlies the NHER Rating.
Domestic Energy Assessors who are under an approved certification scheme can only issue an EPC certificate.
This chart above presents the energy efficiency of your house on a scale of A to G. The most efficient homes which should have the lowest fuel bills are in band A.
The certificate uses the same scale to define the impact a home has on the environment. Better-rated homes should have less impact through carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. The average property in the UK is in band D or E for both ratings.
Breakdown of property's energy performance
Firstly, each fixed factor that has a direct impact on the energy performance of the building is compared in this section. After that, it is displayed with a rating on the right column to represent how efficient they are. But in the old EPC, five stars represented ratings. The new system uses the below ratings. In fact, this is readapted from the first EPCs.
very good (most efficient)
very poor (least efficient)
How to improve this property’s energy performance
This section shows the recommended measures that can improve the property’s energy efficiency. We do not recommend that you carry out any of these recommendations yourself. We would strongly advise you to seek professional advice on how the improvements could be made.
You can make energy-saving improvements to your home or business without having to pay all the costs up front through the Green Deal.
Like insulation – eg loft or cavity wall insulation. For instance, this will have a very big impact on the bills as well as the comfort of your home.
In addition to insulation, heating, draught-proofing, double glazing, etc are the common recommendations.
Similarly, renewable energy technologies – eg solar panels or wind turbines are recommendations that will produce energy and therefore help you reduce your consumption from the national grid.
Depending upon the recommendations on the EPC certificate you could get one of the green deal approved installers to get the work done for you. They will be able to suggest the mode of payments on how to distribute the payments over time and also to avoid the upfront cost for you.
A final touch New EPC Register
The new certificate format is not a big step change from our point of view. But this will be a future platform where all the developments can be made. Users who were happy with the direct PDF version downloads won’t be happy with this change. But we have to accept the fact that these changes are inevitable to encourage users to focus on the web version of the certificate rather than printing a PDF file. And above all, the certificate is now on gov.uk website, and the data directly owned by Govt.