These are a new type of report which can be included in Home Information Packs on a voluntary basis. If they prove successful, they could yet become mandatory. The original intention was for them to be a mandatory element of the Packs from the outset, but the Government announced in July 2006 that they would be replaced as a mandatory element by an Energy Efficiency Report for every home for sale in England and Wales.
Like the HCR, the EER will be prepared by a new type of professional person called a Home Inspector. He may well be a chartered surveyor but not necessarily so. Either way he will be trained and accredited and carry Professional Insurance cover to prescribed levels