Improving energy efficiency
E nergy P erformance C ertificates ( EPC ) are being introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings.
If you are buying or selling a home you now need a certificate by law. From October 2008 EPCs will be required whenever a building is built, sold or rented out. The certificate provides 'A' to 'G' ratings for the building, with 'A' being the most energy efficient and 'G' being the least, with the average up to now being 'D'.
Accredited energy assessors produce EPCs alongside an associated report which suggests improvements to make a building more energy efficient.
Improving the energy performance of buildings
Did you know that buildings produce nearly half of the UK's carbon emissions? That's almost twice that of cars and planes. The way a building is constructed, insulated, heated, ventilated and the type of fuel used, all contribute to its carbon emissions.
Tackling climate change
The EPC is part of a series of measures being introduced across Europe to reflect legislation which will help cut buildings' carbon emissions and tackle climate change.
Other changes include requiring public buildings - for example town halls, libraries, hospitals - to display certificates showing the
energy efficiency of the building and requiring inspections for air conditioning systems.
Calculate your carbon foot print here
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