IP4 DEA | DEA IP4
Property owners are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) as part of a Home Information Pack (HIP) whenever a domestic property is built or put onto the market in IP4. Only accredited and suitably qualified DEAs are allowed to carry out the Energy Assessment.
IP4 DEAs collect data on the dimensions, construction, heating and hot water provision of the IP4 property,and enter the information into an approved software programme. This, in turn, produces the EPC. The first part of the certificate is a benchmarked measure of the home’s energy performance on a scale A to G, where A is very efficient and G is at the other end of the spectrum.
The second part of the EPC is cost effective recommendations for improving the energy performance of the home, information on renewable energy and recommendations on energy efficient behavior. The IP4 DEA then interprets whether these are practical for her client.
IP4 DEA's are instructed by property owners or their estate agents to visit properties. The property owner is obliged to make EPCs and advisory reports available to potential buyers and to potential tenants. DEAs are a key part of helping homebuyers, homeowners and tenants contribute to the “green agenda”. Research confirms that householders want to know about the energy efficiency of their homes, and about how they can make improvements–just what the DEAs and the EPCs will provide.
Lesley Ann White is an Elmhurts accredited IP4 DEA