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Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 16th October 2006.

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Photo of Michael Gove Michael Gove Shadow Minister (Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government what estimate she has made of how long an inspection for an energy performance certificate will take for an average house.

Photo of Yvette Cooper Yvette Cooper Minister of State (Department of Communities and Local Government) (Housing and Planning)

Trials are planned to take place during November 2006 to assess the indicative time and costs of producing energy performance certificates. However preliminary estimates suggest that these might take up to an hour on site for an average house.

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Hilary Seward
Posted on 17 Oct 2006 1:05 pm (Report this annotation)

Dear Michael,
The figures being quoted by SAVA the training provider and company who will run the certification scheme for Energy Inspection are that they will be paying £75-95 per report to the Inspector, they will need to cover about £20 worth of registration and PI costs and they will be charging the report to the HIP provider at about £140. The HIP providers may well be charging them out at £200 to the vendor, which is quite a considerable cost, and a sizable profit to the HIP provider.
The time taken will obviously depend on the size and compexity of the property and location. A good deal of the Inspectors time will be in travelling to the various locations obviously using fuel and creating pollution in doing so!
Therefore each survey will take travel time, time on site then up-loading the report with the software and getting thye copies to the correct people. We are being told on average 3 a day may be possible, but obviouly there will then be the problems of seasonal variations and supply of work and inspectors.
Yours Sincerely,
Hilary Seward