New statistics released by the government have found the number of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) lodged for non-domestic properties rose 7% in the second quarter of 2017, when compared with the corresponding quarter in 2016.

EPCs indicate the energy efficiency of a building. The scheme works through a rating scale, A+ to G, with A being “highly efficient” and G representing “low efficiency”. The largest proportion of non-domestic properties were placed in Band D (35%), which is essentially the average as well as the required level to have solar panels installed and receive the standard rate from the Feed-in Tariff.

Around 18,000 EPCs were lodged for non-domestic properties in Q2 2017, while the document further set out that during the 12-month period ending June 2017, 70,000 non-domestic EPCs were lodged. Again, this is slightly more than the equivalent 12-month period in 2016.

 

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