HIPs for three bedrooms 'needs just one assessor'

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Just one more energy assessor is needed to meet the target of 2,000, the amount the Government says are needed to roll out HIPs for homes with three bedrooms or more, according to the Association of Home Information Pack Providers (AHIPP).

The most recent figures show that there are 1,321 fully accredited Domestic Energy Assessors, with a further 678 registered home inspectors, both of which can issue Energy Performance Certificates. AHIPP has called on Housing Minister Yvette Cooper to lay down a commencement order to extend mandatory HIPs to three bedroom homes before Parliament goes into recess. At present, only homes with four bedrooms or more will require HIPs after the first stage of implementation on 1 August. Mike Ockenden, director general of AHIPP, says: “I would urge the Minister to lay down the commencement ord...

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