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Hips: Heated words over energy performance certificates

They are a key component of home information packs (Hips) – which are compulsory for every home put on the market in England and Wales – and have been hailed by ministers as a vital tool in the battle against carbon emissions. But questions are being asked about the quality of energy performance certificates (EPCs) in a row that pits former newspaper tycoon Eddy Shah against the government.

It was claimed this week that the certificates, which rate the energy efficiency of properties, do not take into account some of the latest alternative technologies. Shah has built a group of energy-efficient homes in Wiltshire, and the certificate's alleged failings mean his homes are being graded as "no better than old houses", he says.