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Energy Performance Certificates

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government whether his Department plans to correct incorrect data lodged on the Energy Performance Certificate Register between 18 September 2008 and June 2009. (320259)

Action is taken to correct any Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) data that are identified as incorrect either as a result of ongoing quality assurance procedures or as a result of a customer complaint.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government which division of his Department is responsible for the (a) development and (b) distribution of software for (i) calculating energy efficiency ratings and (ii) lodging energy performance certificates. (320260)

Home Buying, Selling and Energy Performance Division leads on all aspects of Energy Performance Certificate policy. They are responsible for the development and distribution of three software packages used to produce Energy Performance Certificates. These are Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) for new build dwellings, Reduced data Standard Assessment Procedure (RdSAP) for existing dwellings and Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) for non-dwellings.

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the software used to calculate standard assessment procedure ratings for energy performance certificates between September 2008 and June 2009; and whether certificates lodged between those dates are valid. (320281)

Only software that has been validated and approved by the Department can be used to produce Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs). The standard software produced by the Department is continually monitored and upgraded on a regular basis. Any EPC produced by an accredited energy assessor using approved software is considered to be valid.