Require Energy Performance Certificate Information When Selling/Renting Houses
It would be great to see energy performance certificates required by estate agents for sales and rental properties, like they are in the UK.
Why the contribution is important
Buyers/renters would gain more transparency on property performance upfront and be able to make better comparisons and purchase decisions. Plus, it could encourage builders and owners to invest more in the building fabric and heating systems.
I realise this does have a cost to it (currently £200-£400 for an audit), but there are grants for up to £250 available from the Gov. People often don't realise the extent of what they could be saving without immediately accessible data, so continue on as they are.
Making those domestic energy inefficiencies visible and concrete to everyone via EPCs, rather than as an abstract idea, could help support a push for other improvements such as:
- increased building insulation and better glazing standards
- gas and oil heating phase out
- solar panel installation
- use of mechanical ventilation with heat recovery (MVHR) or air source heat pumps
- increased awareness of thermal bridging and other construction issues
- a move towards passivhaus and enPHit standards
by cb on February 06, 2021 at 09:58AM