Apply For An Energy Performance Certificate
An energy performance certificate, while spouting
the theme of energy efficiency and clean air
for all, is not welcomed by all of its United
Kingdom population. Some view it as a costly
Big Brother piece of legislation, although
most of these haranguers sincerely believe
in renewable energy as a beneficial concept.
They just don't like being dictated to.
June 14, 2006 was the birth of the energy
performance certificates n the United Kingdom,
first for residential homes for single family
dwellings and later to be demanded of property
managers and owners of residential rental
property as well.
There has yet been no talk
on legislating commercial building construction
or current commercial buildings.
Yvette Cooper, the UK Housing and Planning
Minister signed and announced the energy performance
certificate bill. Cooper talked about the
upcoming regulation on Home Information Packs
HIPs and their need for an energy performance
certificate EPC to be included as part of
the packet. The energy performance certificate
will now rank the homes energy use from good
a rank of A down to absolutely dreadful a
rank of G.
One UK resident wrote on the Internet about
his objection to another European directive
comparable to rating washers and dryers, a
practice he clearly abhorred. England and
Wales are the areas of the UK mandated to
adopt the regulations first, although by 2009
all homes for sale in the European Union EU
will be required to have an energy performance
This dismayed UK resident says that, while
this might seem like a great idea in principle,
he has his doubts the actual practice will
produce such terrific results. His concern
is that the detailed calculation of energy
use is time consuming and highly complex.
While it might perhaps make sense for a brand
new home, he said, it seems pointless for
a home already built.
Here are his points.
The first objection he has to this energy
performance certificate for existing homes
is that the energy assessor would need to
know how the house was built or how would
she or he know what the construction is made
of. How, for instance, could the energy assessor
determine if any cavities were insulated if
there were no visual clues. The visual clues,
he pointed out, aren't always there. It might
be, he points out, that the homeowner might
not know about any construction or construction
deficiency, or might actually lie about it
in order to obtain the needed energy performance
There really is no way to sensibly check without
taking the house apart. How might the energy
assessor know how well the heater and water
heater work What if its hot outside and the
air conditioning on How well could the assessor
evaluate the efficiency of the heating unit,
or even tell if its in good running order
These are just some of the problems inherent
in obtaining an energy performance certificate
and the evaluation by an outsider on whether
the home meets the criteria for the certification.
Evaluation for an energy performance certificate
clearly isnt an easy process