Can we seize the opportunity?

It is two years since the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) as part of the information provided to people buying and selling homes in England and Wales.

EPCs contain information on the energy efficiency of the property, its likely fuel costs and carbon dioxide emissions, together with recommendations of possible improvement measures, the rating and the savings they could deliver.

The NHER scheme runs one of the largest accreditation schemes for Domestic Energy Assessors who are able to produce these EPCs.

We have analysed the data we hold on over 300,000 EPCs issued for homes marketed for sale in England & Wales during the period January 2008 to March 2009. This quantifies the potential reduction in energy waste and CO2 emissions from the recommended measures.

We also commissioned consumer research among more than 300 buyers of homes for which we held the EPC data, to assess their reaction to the EPC and their willingness to act on the recommendations.

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Key recommendations

Front cover of the NES Seizing the Opportunity reportThere are some encouraging signs coming through this research. However, unless action is taken to encourage more home movers to implement the measures in the EPC this valuable opportunity will be wasted and the Government’s carbon-cutting targets are less likely to be met.

In order to take advantage of this opportunity, we propose that the Government implements a strategy based upon our key recommendations.

To read the report, including our 7 key recommendations, click here. (PDF, 7 MB)

To read the Executive Summary only, click here.

To see the data we used as part of the report, click here.