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EPC D rating

Discussion in 'Solar PV Forum' started by SRE, Feb 16, 2012.

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  1. SRE
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    Has anyone had any more thoughts about the EPC's? Leads for Trade are advertising leads that are guaranteed to get a D rating for £150 - I'm tempted to ask one of my customers with solid walls and oil central heating to ring so they can get a guaranteed D rating.
     
  2. Eco Deal
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    Why not ! Hate lead gen places robbing f####kers
    Sell old leads !!!
     
  3. grandfortune
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    IS everyone now going on the EPC course.?
     
  4. finchy
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    which one is that >? I thought it had to be an independant EPC survey. Unless you do them for your competitors it wont be any good ?
     
  5. SRE
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    If you have a look at a list of DEA assessors for your area you'll find loads near you that will do it for £50. The key will be to build a relationship with them. I can't see how you will be able to do it yourself and to be honest I wouldn't want to anyway - it's a lot of work for £50. I'd rather spend the time marketing.

    I think the trade bodies should be producing a calculator that gives an indication of rating to help us out - we pay them enough. The EST one is quite useful but you can only do it on one email, so you can't do it for your customers. If they do it themselves then EST reports tells them to get 3 quotes. I don't need to encourage my customers to do that!
     
  6. TedM
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    Just setup a new googlemail account for each quote.
     
  7. SRE
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    Now there's an idea .....
     
  8. finchy
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    Just spoke to a business friend who is an experienced EPC assessor, explained the whole EPC and the differenc in D FIT rate to E FIT rate. I think after speaking to him that the only why our business model will work is for us to do an EPC whilst we do a survey. Customers want an accurate price/return without to much hassel, having two surveys (EPC and PV) will send them running. Also with the knowledge of EPC we can offer simple changes that would increase the rating.

    We just need to get around independant... but I need clarification about that as being a EPC assessor you have to abide to a code and get audited.
     
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  9. TedM
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    Finchy, I'm not sure where you have seen this requirement for an independent EPC? I haven't read this in any of DECC's announcements.
     
  10. finchy
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    No I havent read that either but was under the impression that it had to be ....
     
  11. whinmoor
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    I can't see a problem with the Solar PV company providing an EPC (using its own in-house DEA) as part of the handover documentation. The EPC will be more relevant as it will include details of the PV system. Maybe conducting the EPC survey at the time of commissioning is the way to go?
     
  12. SRE
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    Has Decc actually provided any guidelines yet? I want to make sure that customers who can't get the D rating are installed before end of March and those who will are installed after.
     
  13. finchy
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    Great I can see that working whinmoor. However looks like I've got the short straw to do the qualification, my CV is going to look so diverse !
     
  14. JulianC
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    Possibly not the best time to find out the property is E rated. ;-)
     
  15. whinmoor
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    @ JulianC - I guess you need to conduct an "informal" EPC survey when pricing up the PV system?

    Yes, we also need to find an in-house DEA first. Only two realistic candidates in my company so it's probably going to be me.
     
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