Simon Barnes, MD of Sterling Accreditation endorses CLGs push to improve the quality and accuracy of EPCs

From the outset Sterling Accreditation has put quality first; we will ensure that all EPCs and DECs lodged through our system will be of the highest quality available in the marketplace. A brief overview of the report is below with a link to the full document at the bottom of this message.

Quality of energy performance data

In order to realise the potential of EPCs in supporting our carbon reduction objectives, we must first ensure that they are of high quality and contain accurate information. While the vast majority of EPCs prove an accurate assessment of a dwelling’s energy efficiency, there is some evidence, including emerging results from our research of the operation of the EPBD arrangements that the quality of EPCs needs to be improved. We have already taken a number of steps to address early issues; however, we are taking further action to ensure that consumers can have confidence in the quality and accuracy of their EPCs. In particular we are:
• revising, tightening up and consolidating our guidance and standards for the operation of Accreditation Schemes and the process of producing EPCs and DECs to reduce the scope for misinterpretation
• harmonising and making clear the requirements of Accreditation Schemes, including standardising and specifying new reporting arrangement and requirements for auditing the quality of EPCs
• rationalising both the amount of guidance and the way that it is organised and presented on our website
• rationalising the process of updating software to minimise disruption and ensure greater periods of stability
• looking to improve the level of training energy assessors receive.

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