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Govt postpones introduction of EPCs on new builds till April 2008

The Government has decided to post-pone the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates on all new build homes until 6 April 2008.

Easier2move sales and marketing director Karen Babington says: “We are disappointed to hear that the Government has chosen to delay the introduction of EPCs on all new build homes until 6 April 2008 – putting the launch three months behind schedule.

She adds: “Not only does this disadvantage purchasers of new build properties, who will be missing out on EPCs, but will also be a blow for Domestic Energy Assessors. DEAs are already struggling to find work due to the delayed HIP launch and consequent phased roll-out – this further delay will therefore be a great disappointment to them.

Babington says that it hopes the Government will realise the strain that this delay will be putting on DEAs and will continue with their stated agenda going forward.

“In addition, to ensure confidence in the market is maintained, we urge the Government to introduce the phased roll-out of HIPs on one and two bed properties as a matter of urgency. ”

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