Created on Tuesday, 27 December 2011 16:35
Written by IES Edinburgh
As part of the government’s ongoing energy-efficiency drive, the latest industry ecological initiative is the introduction of ‘Energy Performance’ certification to act as a barometer of a property’s energy-efficiency rating. As of 4th January 2009, all properties being advertised for the first time or re-advertised after a tenancy termination are required to have an accredited inspector carry out a full energy-efficiency audit, submitting a report of their findings.
This report indicates areas of weakness in energy-retention and usage throughout the home, while offering suggested measures to improve them, thus providing prospective tenants with an easily comparable chart representing various economic factors to assist when deciding between two properties. Energy Performance Certificates will remain valid for 10 years, or until such time as alterations or improvements are made to the property, after which point it will need to be re-certified for the next tenancy.