It is one year since the revised Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations came into force. The Regulations were to ensure that home buyers and prospective tenants had energy performance information of homes available to them at the point of advertising.
To mark the anniversary, we at Future Climate took a casual stroll around the estate agents of South East London to see how these Regulations were being implemented.
We found a mixture of confusion, over-compliance and total non-compliance. Kinleigh Folkard and Hayward, a large and prominent chain of London estate agents, didn’t see fit to display any energy performance information of homes in their display.
One local estate agent was displaying energy performance information alongside environmental impact ratings on their homes for sale. Environmental impact ratings were downgraded in prominence on EPCs last year due to the confusion they caused amongst homebuyers and tenants. Displaying both graphs on property advertisements seems likely to confuse rather than enlighten and inform homebuyers, and are certainly not required on property advertisements. Read more