Happy Christmas and Looking forward to 2022

Good bye 2021 hello 2022

A difficult year for many to say the least and yet my busiest to date, since I started Assess Energy Solutions UK 5 years ago, has gone from strength to strength.   

House sales and the rental markets were both very buoyant throughout the year without the usual seasonal dips around holiday times.  This was driven by a number of factors, not least, Covid 19.  

The requests for assessments and advice came in daily, whether through the misfortune of having to pack up a business due to lockdown and the commercial property changing hands, the stamp duty holiday promoting house sales or people weren’t spending money on holidays and took the opportunity to seek bigger homes, often in the country with more space to live, along with the increased working from home negating the need to live and work in a city or town. 

One thing is certain; the internationally excepted global warming predictions and COP 26 have resulted in home owners, landlords and commercial property owners all asking 'what can I do to make my property more energy efficient?'  To some extent this is driven by the governments Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) requiring all rental properties to be at least a E or better. However owners are genuinely wondering what can they do to lower energy bills, especially with climbing gas, oil and electricity costs. 

Will 2022 continue in the same vane?  

The building trade is short of tradespeople and material costs have increased considerably plus extended delays in the manufacture and supply chain has made building projects go over time and budget. Making improvements is not cheep and arguably the majority of the most in-need properties are owned or rented by those least able to afford insulation, a new heating system especially ground or air source heat pumps; despite the governments £5000 grants to offset capital costs.  

Local authorities are having to take more notice of the domestic and commercial rental markets in their areas by accounting for property stock below par and are finally targeting default landlords for failing to make energy efficiency improvements to meet the minimum E grade, at present, let alone have an in-date EPC.

Personally, I can only see the industry growing in terms of recognition (still not well known at present) the role of an EPC is only going to be more important to measure and improve the energy efficiency of the property stock in the UK. 

Best wishes for 2022

Mark @ Assess Energy Solutions UK