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An energy efficient future

Despite teething problems, energy performance certificates will become a critical element of modern days’ property ownership, predicts Sandra Banks

21 June 2007

The Government must be ruing its decision to force together energy performance and other property reports into the new Home Information Pack (HIP) structure. Entry into force of the new regime was postponed from 1 June 2007 to 1 August, new regulations were only adopted on 11 June, and there will be further consultation on some of the most contentious energy issues. Further, the new rules will initially only apply to dwellings with more than four bedrooms, prompting some observers to say that property owners will turn their fourth bedrooms into studies.

It would be unwise to scoff at these present problems. Energy certificates are here to stay and those involved in buying and selling houses need to understand them. The requirement for energy certificates as regards new and existing dwellings has a life independent of HIPs and separate regulations implement the European Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (2002/91/EC) (See alternative energy feature on page 6). Energ...

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