The Property Energy Professionals Association (PEPA) is a trade body which represents companies that are engaged in the provision of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and Air Conditioning Inspection Reports (ACIRs). More recently PEPA has been involved in the launch and implementation of the PAS 2035 standards, which involve Retrofit Assessors (RAs) and Retrofit Coordinators (RCs) via the TrustMark Quality Scheme. Members of the Association are primarily composed of the Accreditation companies that oversee Energy Assessors in the production of EPCs, DECs and ACIRs.
EPCs have now become central to the building sales and lettings process, with all properties requiring one. They are also intrinsic to various Government initiatives such as ECO, ESOS, Section 63, Building Regulations, Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES).
PEPA works closely with the various government departments i.e. Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), with particular reference to the association’s objectives. Other bodies that PEPA works with include Ofgem, Energy Saving Trust (EST), British Energy Efficiency Federation (BEEF), and TrustMark, and are represented on various working groups.
PEPA is dedicated to a quality agenda and in working with all interested parties and stakeholders to ensure EPCs, DECs and ACIRs, and the methodologies behind them have increased visibility, are regarded as important, and they act as a catalyst in improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions.
The PEPA Manifesto
In the next 5 years it is PEPA policy that:
- Consumers and businesses place importance on the value of energy information to improve energy efficiency, save money and carbon
- Every building in the UK has a valid EPC, DEC and Air Conditioning Report where applicable
- EPCs have a validity of 3 years and DECs must be renewed annually
- Energy Assessment is as important as certification and as such the National Calculation Methodologies (NCMs); SAP, RdSAP, SBEM and Operational Rating will be promoted to all stakeholders as the fundamental benchmarking tool for any energy efficiency strategy.
- EPCs, DECs or national methodologies are the measurement tools for accessing funds under all Government incentive and grant schemes (including any that are the responsibility of energy companies or other third parties to deliver)
- The energy rating of a property will have a direct impact on Government taxes such that energy efficient properties benefit from lower taxes
- Good energy efficiency ratings are a badge of social responsibility
- Energy assessment should continue to be developed to enhance the delivery of Government policy and energy efficiency schemes
- There should be ongoing improvement and development of energy assessors and the underlying methodologies for measuring energy efficiency
*EPCs and DECs measure different things and serve a different purpose for the building owner/prospective owner; in an ideal world a building would have both.
Property Energy Professionals Association is a non-profit organisation limited by guarantee. PEPA Ltd is registered in England, Company number. 06661965