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The Green Deal

28 January 2013 was the first day on which works can start under the government’s Green Deal initiative on residential properties in England. The aim of the Green Deal is to improve the energy efficiency of properties by removing the upfront cost of improvements and instead allowing the cost to be paid in instalments through …

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EPCs – latest news

Tomorrow 9 January 2013 sees the coming into force of changes in the regulations regarding Energy Performance Certificates. The government announced these changes to the EPC, and air conditioning inspections regime, on 19 December 2012. The changes come from the EU Directive (Council Directive 2010/31/EU) on the energy performance of buildings (EPB Directive 2010). The …

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Update on EPCs.

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 will come into force on the 6th April 2012 and amend the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007. A lettings agent will now need to be satisfied that an EPC has been commissioned prior to …

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Energy Act 2011

Many of our readers have heard about the Energy Bill in some form or other. The Bill was given the force of law on the 18 October 2011. The basic issue for our readers is that: • The Act includes provisions to ensure that from April 2016, private residential landlords will be unable to refuse …

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Changes, always changes….

On 16 March 2011, the Energy Bill was introduced into the House of Commons with its First Reading. The Second Reading was delivered on 10 May. The Energy Bill has been designed to provide for a step change in the provision of energy efficiency measures to homes and businesses, and make improvements to enable low …

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Further Energy Performance Tweaks

The EPC regulations have been amended in order to allow for information about less efficient properties to be provided to the Energy Saving Trust.

EPC Directive Changes

The European Commission, the primary legislative body of the EU, has put forward proposals to make changes to the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). CLG has published a consultation on the proposals to allow it to reflect the views of UK stakeholders back to the commission. The proposals are in two categories. The first …

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