Fleurets divisional director Andrew Whelan will leave the company at the end of the month to start his own firm specialising in providing Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for the licensed trade, writes Ewan Turney. Whelan's new company, EPCforProperty, aims to plug the gap in the market caused by the lack of qualified assessors. All pubs being let or sold from 1 October will require an EPC but the Government has this week bowed to pressure to introduce a transition period until 4 January. An EPC will rate pubs on energy efficiency from A-G and provide a report of recommendations to increase efficiency. “EPCforProperty will help licensees, vendors and landlords and meet their new regulatory requirements via a team of industry professionals with vast experience of the licensed trade," said Whelan. He added: "Whilst many operators and owners of licensed property see this as yet more bureaucracy and red tape and further cost for an already hard-pressed industry, the Government is committed to reducing CO2 emissions and therefore such regulation is here to stay. "Individuals and companies will come under greater pressure to reduce their carbon emissions in the future and in the medium term. I fully expect all parties concerned to study EPC ratings, to see how best to make properties more energy efficient.”