Our team expands

We’ve recently welcomed two new members of our team: Angela Wood and Amanda Lesiatoi!

Site visit 024Angela started off studying accountancy at Reading College. After several years at a Reading-based chartered accountancy firm, she moved into energy efficiency assessment – accountancy’s loss is our considerable gain!

She has been an accredited CSH assessor for five years, and was employed by Energist for seven years, as an SAP and CSH assessor. Here she’ll likely be specialising in the Code for Sustainable Homes, but we look forward to benefitting from her expertise in many different areas.

Angela says: ‘This is an exciting change in terms of a new company and new colleagues and I am looking forward to getting stuck in to my new work load and building relationships with my clients.’

 

Amanda Lesiatoi PP photoAmanda has a BSc. in Environmental Science from The University of Plymouth, and an MSc. in Sustainable Energy from Cardiff University.

She comes to us from Waterman Engineering and Environmental Consultants, where she was responsible for the thermal modelling of buildings using SBEM and Dynamic Simulation software, developing energy strategies and demonstrating Part L compliance, and conducting feasibility studies for LZC technologies.

She is a member of CIBSE (Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers) and has achieved Low Carbon Consultant status, is on the Building Design and Building Simulation registers, and is listed as a Low Carbon Energy assessor. We’re excited to involve her in our upcoming projects.

Amanda says: ‘Everyone has been welcoming and supportive and I am enjoying becoming part
of the busy team.  There are lots of interesting projects current at the moment that I am looking forward to working on.’

Welcome to the team, both!

The state of the housing nation: what EPCs can tell us about the UK housing market

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The Department of Communities and Local Government have just released some statistics about Energy Performance Certificates completed in 2013 (source 1, below). The results make for some interesting reading, and shed some light on the state of housing in the UK at the moment.

Here’s what we picked out:

one – there’s been a huge increase in EPCs

A total of 2,113,571 Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) were lodged on the EPC Register in 2013. This is an increase of 36% on the previous year. We’d put such a large jump in EPCs down to the reviving housing market we’ve seen over the past twelve months: houses are selling again (thus needing EPCs before they can go on the market) – and at the moment, they’re selling fast.

two – the majority of properties changing hands are for residential rather than business purposes

Domestic properties accounted for most of the EPCs lodged: 64% were for houses, 21% for flats, 9% for bungalows and 2% for maisonettes, leaving only 4% for non-dwellings. This also indicates that houses are still king in the UK market: unlike our continental neighbours, the majority of the dwellings being bought and sold are still houses rather than flats.

three – our houses are getting more energy efficient…but slowly

In 2013, 7% of domestic properties received a rating of A (the highest) or B; 70% were given a rating of C or D, and 23% were given a rating of E, F or G (the lowest). This is roughly the same as the results for 2012 (8%, 72% and 20%, respectively). In comparison to 2008, the earliest year on the EPC register, a larger percentage of properties moved from the bottom category into the middle (in 2008, 10% received an A or B rating, 58% received C or D, and 32% received E, F or G). (See source 2, below, for the figures in full.)

However, these Energy Efficiency Ratings are based on fuel costs, which have also increased significantly since 2008 (see source 3, below). It seems as though our houses – particularly new build homes – are becoming more energy efficient in an effort to keep up with rising energy prices. With energy efficiency technology developing so rapidly, and efficiency legislation demanding more from our properties, we hope that the industry can tip the balance in favour of sustainable housing and lower energy consumption in years to come.

Sources:

1.

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/307149/EPB_Certificates_-_Experimental_Official_Statistics_Release_April_2014.pdf

2.

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistical-data-sets/monthly-domestic-energy-price-stastics

3.

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/sn04153.pdf‎