Monday, July 30, 2012

Energy requirement for French Properties

29 July 2012: Just back from Limoges, France. This photograph is of an estate agent (realtor)'s front window. We saw windows like these in all the towns and cities we visited in the region.
 I noticed that all properties for sale have an EPC (Energy performance certificate) displayed, and the only ones that do not have to are the ruins being offered for renovation, or purely summer homes (rien de chauffage). 
   There's no critical link between price and EPC, but one can't help feeling that the constant presentation of the EPC begins to make people think more about energy efficiency, and will affect the price - take on an inefficient house, and you know you face large bills in the winter, or some costs for insulation and boiler replacement.
  I didn't meet anyone with 'the knowledge', so wasn't able to ask techie questions about subsidies for wind farms, feed-in tariffs etc.


  1. There was a reply/comment from a visitor called Steve (from Canada, methinks).
    "Very good post. I’ve found your site via Google and I’m really glad about the information you provide in your posts."
    Unfortunately, I reconstructed this blog item with extra text and new title, and somehow the comment got lost. sorry. thanks for your kind words!

  2. We install PV and generally find that people are oblivious to the EPC prior to considering having a system installed.

    I do take your point about the potential for raising awareness though. It's just a shame that the de-facto custodians of the nations EPCs are estate agents. If they were forced into regulation so that they had to be trained in areas such as energy efficiency, we might start to see the public taking it seriously.

    However, as far as the efficacy of EPCs goes, they are a hugely blunt instrument and the assessments are open to abuse I'm afraid.

    Superb project by the way - great that you are actually doing something, not just talking about it. We need an army of folks like you to get us moving into the only future there is - a sustainable one.

    1. Is there evidence that PV roofs can actually reduce the sale price of a house? the only time I have heard of this was when the house roof was contracted to one of the rent-a-roof schemes and the new owner didnt want to take on the commitment - there must be conveyancing issues with that arrangement.
      Ive sold every house I have lived in (not used an estate agent), but either way, i would make such a big deal of the Net-Zero attribute of the house that it would be seen as adding big value.


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