Northern Ireland houses to need energy certificate

Houses being sold by solicitors in Northern Ireland will need to have an energy performance certificate by July.

The scheme is based on similar initiatives in England and Wales, the BBC reports.

A special energy assessor will have to visit houses and determine how energy-efficient they are.

From October, all new homes will be issued with a certificate upon their completion.

It is hoped that people in Northern Ireland will make effort to make their homes more energy-efficient as a result of the new regulations.

The certificates are also expected to give homebuyers information regarding how much it will potentially cost to head their homes.

Seminars across the country will be held by the Department of Finance and Personnel to explain how the new requirements will function.

In England and Wales, since December 2007 a Home Information Pack has been compulsory for all residential property sales.

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