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Energy performance certificates (EPCs) are a required piece of documentation for all homes, when they are built, sold or rented out. Valid for 10 years, the purpose of the report is to give the property an energy efficiency rating, ranging from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), and highlight where the most energy is consumed and can be saved through various upgrades.

Giving a better understanding of emissions produced and where these come from, reviewing housing stock performance is essential as we work towards the Government’s net zero targets. Housing providers can use EPCs to decide where future projects should be carried out on properties, allowing them to be made more energy efficient, resulting in a better place to live for tenants.

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The energy insights software also provides tools to allow the client team to inspect properties, see them geographically mapped and provide a list of required works. This geographical mapping process allows the housing team plan and carry out work in selected locations within their housing stock, supporting with effective time and resource planning, and allowing all necessary work to be carried out conveniently. This has a positive effect for the client, as it saves their maintenance teams time and money, and results in happy tenants whose homes are kept in good condition.

Through this data review process, we have also supported our client with identifying properties within their housing stock which are missing EPCs, allowing building surveys and reporting to be carried out. Grampian HA’s housing stock now has EPCs for 84% of their properties, compared to the 74% from before using our software, reducing the guess work involved in their investment planning, which is now £80,000 less.

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We have since rolled out this product to an additional housing association in Scotland, allowing our energy efficiency insights to review and provide data on 6675 properties across the country. In total, we have identified approximately £11,000,000 of savings, compared to completing all recommended improvements.

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