By Peter Williams

The government has issued a call for evidence to learn how energy performance certificates (EPCs) are performing and whether they can be made more effective.
The consultation asks how EPCs are currently performing, whether they are suitable for the purposes for which they are used, and how they can contribute to reducing buildings’ energy use. It applies to both commercial and residential buildings and the closing date is 19 October 2018.

EPCs are a widely used measure of the energy performance of buildings in the residential, commercial and public sectors, and are a key tool in promoting buildings’ energy efficiency. They were originally introduced in 2007 when the UK transposed the requirements of the EU Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings into domestic legislation, and there are now over 18 million EPCs recorded on the central register.