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Local firm Empire Plumbing & Heating take the pain out of HIPS.

28 April 2008

With the arrival of spring homeowners thoughts turn to moving house. Since 14th December 2007 all houses marketed for sale within England and Wales are required to have a Home Information Pack completed. Temporary restrictions which currently allow houses to be marketed without certain aspects of the HIP in place until the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is available will end on 31st May 2008. This means potential vendors must ensure the HIP is completed before marketing commences.

A crucial part of the HIP is the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), and this should be carried out by a competently trained and legally qualified engineer, preferably CORGI registered. The EPC rates the energy efficiency of the home on a scale of A-G and also offers advice on how to make the home more energy efficient and save money.

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Joseph Finn from Salford based Empire Plumbing & Heating adds, ‘to determine the true efficiency of a gas appliance you have to have it serviced and carry out a gas rating, only CORGI registered engineers are allowed to complete this task.’ When starting out on producing a HIP for the sale of your home, advice from a qualified tradesman is a must. Savings can be made if the heating and appliances in your home are inspected, tested and serviced all in the same visit, and the EPC then produced.

Once the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is completed the remaining requirements can be added in and your property is ready to market. As Mr Finn point out, ‘cutting corners by employing unqualified tradesmen could result in an incorrectly completed Energy Efficiency Checklist which will ultimately hold up the production of the Energy Performance Certificate.’ All Empire Plumbing & Heating technicians are qualified to complete this crucial check list.

Empire Plumbing and Heating was founded in 1956 by Brian Finn and is now in its 4th generation under owner/manager Joseph Finn. Covering the whole of the North West they offer a comprehensive range of services from installation of heating systems to fixing a leaking tap. In addition they initiated a scheme to create opportunities for local young people, by training and education to supply them with skills for a career in a professional business.

Please Note: This Article is 12 years old. This increases the likelihood that some or all of it's content is now outdated.
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2 COMMENTS

  1. Mr. Flynn has got it wrong. Whether the boiler or fire is serviced or not makes not one jot of difference to the EPC. This just records that there is a boiler installed and it\’s type and allocates an efficiency to this, which calculates, in simple terms, the heat input to the property.

    You might wish to argue that the actual operational efficieny of the boiler etc should be taken into account – BUT IT ISN\’T. Perhaps the government might change this. So Mr Flynn and the editors of this article should check their facts. I guess Mr. Flynn hopes to secure work from this, but readers/Landlords should be aware of misrepresenation (\”the EPC should be carried out by a competently trained and legally qualified engineer, preferably CORGI registered\” – WRONG!!)

  2. I agree with M Duxbury – 29/04/2008. this article is most misleading. An Energy performance certificate can only be carried out by a qualified Domestic Energy assessor or Home Inspector. Both have undergone rigerous training and pass examinations of degree level. Neither has anything to do with being CORGI registered.

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