Home Information Packs (HIPS) & Energy Performance Certificates (EPC).

Home Information Packs (HIP)

Home Information Packs (HIP)Home Information Packs were introduced by legislation in August 2007. They provide information before a home goes onto the market in a single structured pack. The intention of the legislation was to reduce the number of home sales which fall through as a result of information on the home coming to light at a late stage in the process.

Whilst this was the prime purpose of the Home Information Pack, the content of the Energy Performance Certificate, a key document in the HIP, has become influential in the saleability and value of a home.

Energy Performance Certificates

Energy Performance CertificatesEnergy Performance Certificates were introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings. If you are buying or selling a home it is now a legalrequirement that you have an EPC. From October 2008, an EPC will be required whenever a building is built, sold or rented out.

The Energy Performance Certificate is a key document in the HIP. In developing your HIP an accredited energy assessor inspects your home. He will compile the EPC which is a detailed report on the energy efficiency of your home.

Your home will be rated on a scale from A to G. A is the highest level of energy efficiency, H is the lowest energy efficiency level. The current average rating is D
The EPC will also include recommendations on what the home owner could do to improve the energy efficiency of the home

Common recommendations include:

  • Installation of cavity wall and roof insulation.
  • Fitting of draught excluders to windows and doors.
  • Replacing old or single glazed windows with double glazed windows.

Predicted Energy Assessment (PEA)
New homes sold 'off-plan' must have a Predicted Energy Assessment (PEA). The PEA should be replaced by an EPC when construction of the property is complete.

Sustainability Information For Newly Built Homes

The Code for Sustainable Homes measures the environmental impact of a new home against nine categories. The HIP for a new home must now also include:-
Either:

  • A certificate (or interim certificate) showing the sustainability of the home assessed against the standards under the Code for Sustainable Homes.

or 

  • A nil-rated certificate where the property has not been assessed against the Code.

 

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