EPC Legislation changes and your software – April 2012
The proposed change to the legislation regarding energy performance certificates (EPC’s) comes in to force on 6th April 2012.
Final confirmation and clarification has now been issued by the DCLG (Department for Communities and Local Government) and can be found here:
Key points in the new legislation:
What does this mean for Vebra clients?
You must be using the following versions of the software in order to be compliant. If you are not on the appropriate version you will not be able to link EPC documents to your properties and upload them to the internet.
As agents can have the full EPC or the one page version for marketing, we have added the provision to store both styles with a property record as a PDF and/or URL in all the current versions of our software.
Should you have any questions or concerns over the version of software you are running please contact us on 0845 130 5444. We are available during normal working hours but will not be available over the Easter bank holiday weekend.
VebraLive clients must be running v1.34 to be compliant. If you wish to have the full EPC within the details template (not required and not recommended but available for an additional charge) you will need to run an additional upgrade routine available upon request.
Solex clients should be running v4.3 to be compliant which the majority of our clients are now on. This release was made available in November 2011 so if you have not had an upgrade since this date, you will need to contact us. If you have upgraded and would like specific information about uploading EPC's please read our update notes for instructions on how to do so. Note that due to the format restrictions with Solex templates, we are unable to merge the PDF into the property details, agents will have to attach as a separate document (which is recommended and permitted within the legislation).
GMW Orange clients are all on the latest v2.1 of the software and therefore compliant.
This version enables clients to link a PDF and URL for two types of EPC (‘full’ or ‘public’) to a property record. Details produced in GMW Orange are MS Word format and can be edited by the client if required (although not recommended) to include the EPC. Please contact us if you require instructions on how to place the EPC from the EPC in to your word document (copying the content and pasting produces poor results and is not recommended).
GMW M2 clients will need to upgrade to GMW Orange which is available at no charge if you are currently on full support (subject to any licence count changes or training requirements).
GMW System4Sales clients will need to upgrade to GMW Orange which is available at no charge if you are currently on full support (subject to any licence count changes or training requirements).
EstateCraft clients must be running v9.97 to be compliant. If you have not yet upgraded, please see below for instructions on how to do so.
Full details of the changes can be found in the document at this link v9.97 upgrade notes. (NB. For clients upgrading from older software versions, this document also details the changes included in the v9.96 release)
What do I need to do to receive this upgrade?
The upgrade process will depend upon the version of EstateCraft that you are currently running: