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Assessing the Building Performance Gap & the Accuracy of EPCs

Assessing the Building Performance Gap & the Accuracy of EPCs

20th October 2016

Chair: Derek Thomas MP

  • Neil Whitney, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • Debbie Hobbs, Legal & General Investment Management
  • Simon Cran-McGreehin, Energy Research Partnership
  • Andrew Smith, University College London
  • Richard Twinn, UK Green Building Council
  • Hywel Davies, CChartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

Following the publication of its latest report entitled Warmer & Greener: A guide to the future of domestic energy efficiency policy, the Westminster Sustainable Business Forum (WSBF) are undertaking a series of follow-up events to investigate individual issues explored in the report in more detail. This roundtable will take a closer look at the building performance gap and assess the accuracy of EPCs.

Accurately measuring the energy performance of buildings is not just a topic of interest for those in industry and relevant academic fields. It is something which policy makers need to be aware of. Currently regulations on the private rented sector are due to come in in 2018 which force landlords to improve the EPC ratings of their properties. Some lenders are also starting to base mortgage calculations on EPCs and there has even been talk of varying stamp duty or council tax based on EPCs. Given the profound implications of these initiatives, it is vital that the energy assessments which they are based on are correct. This event will examine these issues in detail to determine their implications for policy.