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Number of fully accredited energy assessors increases to 1,340

The Government has released figures stating that there are currently 1,340 accredited energy assessors now ready to conduct Energy Performance Certificates.

This comes as the Department for Communities and Local Government revealed last month it had to delay the launch of Hips till August 1 after only 520 inspectors had passed all the required exams.

Association of Home Information Pack Providers deputy director general Paul Broadhead says: “According to our own research, in addition to the 1,340 accredited assessors, there are a further 1,200 assessors who have applied for accreditation and will be fully accredited by the end of July. With this in mind, Government will easily meet the 2,000 target that it suggests is needed to provide HIPs for homes with three bedrooms or more.

“As a result, I see no reason why, in line with its implementation plan, Government could not introduce mandatory HIPs for three bedroom properties from September, with the rest of the housing stock soon to follow, perhaps as soon as October.”

Broadhead adds: “Despite Government’s decision in May to delay the introduction of packs, it is encouraging to see that the industry has remained committed to their successful implementation.

“I am confident that those assessors who have continued their training will have a positive future ahead of them and I expect to see the re-introduction of mandatory HIPs for all homes put on the market well before the end of this year.”

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