Connells Group has rolled out a new service to help homeowners, sellers and landlords boost the energy efficiency of their properties.
Its agency branches will offer a product called EPC+ from Connells’ Vibrant brand.
Similar to an energy performance certificate (EPC), the reports detail a property’s current and potential EPC rating, the CO2 produced by the property each year and the CO2 savings that could be achieved.
It goes beyond what an EPC offers though by including what improvements are recommended to achieve a higher rating, how much they will cost and how much bills could reduce as a result, as well as information on various sources of funding that may be available.
David Plumtree, chief estate agency executive, said: “We’re proud to be one of the first to blanket adopt Vibrant’s market-leading EPC+, which we believe offers great benefits to our customers and for which there is considerable demand.
“At a time when environmental issues and the cost of living are affecting so many, we are committed to prioritising the needs of our customers and our planet.
“By offering the EPC+ service through our national branch network, we are able to reach a larger proportion of the population than any other property business, and we’re confident that our customers will reap the long-term benefits of this new offering.”
Dan Kittow, managing director at Vibrant, added: “The increased attention on improving the performance of the UK housing stock means that in the coming years landlords and homeowners will be under greater pressure to make improvements that will bring down energy usage.
“Our EPC Plus Service will provide them with a complete overview of the current performance alongside clear and targeted recommendations, allowing proactive improvement and management of each property.”