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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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Making better use of Energy Performance Certificates and data.

On 2nd March 2011 the Department for Communities and Local Government released a publication detailing consultations on the effectiveness of EPCs in a number of areas. The Climate Change Act 2008 commits the UK to a statutory target to reduce its carbon emissions. With the UK dedicated to reducing its emissions by 80% in 2050 …

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A rise in dangerous homes?

A BBC report over the weekend cast a gloomy and critical eye over the private rental sector, based on a report from the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). The report says that “One million rented homes in England ‘are dangerous’”, further adding that the number will rise because of changes in housing benefit and …

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Energy Performance Consultations and Next Steps

The DCLG has published summaries of responses to a series of consultations on Energy Performance Certificates and has indicated how it will be taking the matter forward. The main proposals of interest to the PRS being consulted on were: Wider publication of EPC data Requiring EPCs where individual rooms in HMOs were rented Requiring EPCs …

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