Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Deadline moves on Commercial Energy Performance Certificate

Do you recall when a Government press officer was accused of suggesting 9/11 as a good day to ‘bury’ bad news”? Clearly they learned that lesson for when they extended the deadline for commercial energy performance certificates they just announced it very quietly.

Consequently it was four days before the industry realised and publicity flared up around the decision. Few properties were compliant and as the legislation stood it would have been illegal for anyone to offer for sale, advertise, sell or lease a commercial property after the original October 1st deadline without an EPC in place and this would have affected hundreds of properties in the areas of the South and South West served by our clients Easton Bevins.

Claims that the implementation had been mismanaged or that not enough inspectors had qualified would have been damaging in the current political climate hence the low key announcement, which incidentally avoided the official channels surveyors were using to keep up to date with the legislation.

So today Morgan PR moved quickly to ensure Easton Bevins was at the forefront of the publicity over the change in deadline.

It actually places Easton Bevins, who has offices in Newbury, Swindon, Cheltenham and Bristol in an even stronger position as they have long been prepared for the original deadline. Morgan PR designed their Commercial EPC Advice website which has been attracting a lot of traffic as landlords finally realise that they will need an EPC for their buildings sooner or later.

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