The format and presentation of energy performance certificates has recently changed due to the launch of the new Energy Performance of Buildings Central Register by the government. Whilst there is quite a big difference between the two in terms of style, most of the information provided remains the same.
Since 2008 the Central Registers for England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been developed and maintained by Landmark. However, early in 2020 Landmark’s contract to maintain these registers ended, and the government made the decision to bring the registers ‘in house’. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has now developed a new ‘Energy Performance of Buildings Central Register’.
The new Energy Performance of Buildings Central Register will consolidate the existing England, Wales and Northern Ireland domestic and non-domestic registers into one single location. Government is encouraging use of a ‘web link’ (a URL) which can be passed to customers in order to connect them directly to the new register to obtain their Energy Certificates and further information. The user experience will be similar to other “.gov” websites (e.g., MOTs, Tax returns) with a hope that building owners become engaged and can continue on their journey to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings from a trusted Government website.
The Government is also changing the design and content of Energy Certificates to ensure that the most relevant information is available and easy to follow for homeowners and tenants.
Below are examples of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s). The first picture shows an EPC before the changes detailed above, and the second picture shows what they look like now:
Further information is available from the GOV.UK website at https://www.gov.uk/buy-sell-your-home/energy-performance-certificates, or contact us and we would be happy to help.