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Significant changes in the requirements for delivering EPCs will come into effect from 6th April 2012, as reported by RICS today. 

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are required when any building is sold, rented out or constructed, and sometimes after refurbishment work. They give information on a building’s energy efficiency in a sliding scale from ‘A’ (very efficient) to ‘G’ (least efficient), as well as provide a report setting out how the rating could be improved. 

The key change to the update is the requirement to include the full first page of the EPC to all particulars for the sale or letting of all properties, both residential and commercial. It is no longer sufficient to just simply include the rating graph within the body of the particulars.

RICS members can download a helpful guide detailing the amendments to the current requirements online.

Recommendations for improvement contained in an EPC will continue to be categorised into ‘Low Cost’, ‘Higher Cost’ and ‘Further Measures’, based upon their capital cost, environmental benefit and energy payback period.

It is important to remember that, due to the high cost and 100 year payback period, uPVC (i.e. plastic) double glazing is categorised in ‘Further Measures’, therefore renovating existing timber sash windows or casement windows can be a much more cost-effective energy-saving option for homeowners.

‘Low Cost’ measures (up to £500 cost) include cavity wall insulation, loft insulation and low energy lighting, whilst ‘High Cost’ measures (over £500 cost) include installing a new boiler.

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