Scotland proposes minimum energy efficiency standards for landlords

The Scottish Government is proposing minimum energy efficiency standards for privately rented homes in the country. It is seeking views on requiring all private rented properties to have a minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘E’ from 2019. It proposes increasing that to EPC level ‘D’ from 2022. Landlords would have six months from […]

Energy Performance Certificate – Required by UK law

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is an important document for home and property owners within the UK. Failure to comply with the law results in large fines and penalties for property owners and businesses. The grading system within the EPC can directly influence rental and sale value and make a property much more attractive to […]

It pays to know your DEC from your EPC

Understanding the meaning of energy industry abbreviations like DEC and EPC could save your business money. EPC needs your attention All industries have their own jargon but failing to know it doesn’t usually hit their customers in the pocket. In energy, however, businesses could be fined if they don’t know the rules behind some abbreviations. […]

UK’s solar capacity ‘to exceed 10GW by 2016’

The total solar capacity installed in the UK is forecast to exceed 10GW by the end of the first quarter of 2016. Finlay Colville, Head of Market Intelligence at Solar Media said: “The UK is currently the most vibrant market for solar installations in Europe. “This is due to the attractive investment returns from Renewable […]

Get your office energy efficient or pay £150K

Commercial landlords need to start planning energy efficiency upgrades now or face a potential fine of up to £150,000. Under the 2011 Energy Act, all commercial property owners need to meet the minimum band ‘E’ standard by 2018 or potentially face being unable to lease them and hit with a whopping fine. And energy efficiency […]

British Gas Business signs up to EU energy code

British Gas Business has become the first company in the UK to sign the European Code of Energy Performance Contracts (EPC). An EPC is a partnership between a supplier and its customers that allows them to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings and facilities. The contract guarantees the energy saving measures the customers implement […]

St George’s Hospital hopes to heal energy spend by £1m

St George’s Hospital in London has signed an Energy Performance Contract with British Gas in the hope of lowering its energy spend by 25%, which would save £1 million. The NHS hospital also expects to reduce its carbon emissions by 6,000 tonnes a year. New kit going into St George’s includes combined heat and power […]

DECC’s fuel poverty proposals draw criticism

The UK Government’s new proposals to fight fuel poverty by making more homes energy efficient have been criticised. DECC has proposed a target to bring all fuel poor homes up to an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of Band E by 2020, Band D by 2025 and Band C by 2030. A band F or […]

Minimum energy efficiency standards for landlords – fuel poverty proposals

Proposals to give domestic tenants the right to request their landlords to carry out energy efficiency improvements from 2016 has been published. The least energy efficient rental properties would not be allowed to be let until they are improved to an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of Band E, the Government said. It is part […]

Ukraine wins €10m loan for energy efficiency

A London-based bank is giving a €10 million (£8.4m) loan to Ukraine for installing energy efficiency measures in public buildings. The pilot scheme in the city of Dnipropetrovsk will use the cash to fund energy performance contracts (EPCs) through private companies and banks. Dnipropetrovsk is Ukraine’s fourth largest city and has more than 700 public buildings. It […]