Energy performance Certificates have been around for some time now and most people realise that they are needed as part of the house marketing process. Changes to the EPC are being introduced in April 2012 to make the certificates easier to understand and also to make them part of the government’s “Green Deal”. The Green Deal will offer interest free finance so that people can make energy efficiency improvements to their homes and the EPC will identify those areas that will qualify for the scheme. Typical works will include loft and cavity wall insulation.
Landlord insurance clients should note that it will be the occupier who will be responsible for repaying the loan. If a tenant obtains a Green Deal loan he or she will be responsible for the repayments and these will be added to the utility bill. Businesses as well as individuals can apply for funding.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Green Deal there is quite a bit of information on the web. The Department of Energy and Climate Change is a good place to start.
The other change to the EPC is that the main information will now be shown on the front page so it will be easier to understand.