The importance of Energy Performance Certificates

The requirement for an Energy Performance Certificate has been the law since 2009 but in 2017, the Scottish Government announced that minimum energy standards will be introduced for all properties, be they domestic or commercial. These will be phased in and will increase over time:

  • From 1 April 2020, any new tenancy will require the property to have an EPC of at least band E. By 31 March 2022, all properties will need to have at least EPC band E.
  • From 1 April 2022, any new tenancy will require the property to have an EPC of at least band D.
  • By 31 March 2025, all properties will need to have at least EPC band D.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are currently used to assess and assign energy efficiency ratings, and they are valid for 10 years. Rated on a scale from A to G, with A being the most efficient, and calculated using information such as the size, layout, insulation and ventilation of dwellings, EPCs provide information on the energy efficiency of your building and recommendations on improvement measures. These measures could include, for example, loft insulation, efficient heating systems or solid wall insulation.

These proposals are in response to government efforts to meet its carbon reduction targets – the built environment being one of the major contributors to greenhouse gases and thus to global climate change. Building regulations now ensure developers and builders construct both domestic and commercial properties which meet stringent energy efficiency requirements.

If you fail to bring your property in line with the new EPC regulations, your local authority can serve a compliance notice on you requesting that you inform them of the steps you are taking to remedy the situation. If the information is not forthcoming, the Local Authority may serve a penalty notice of up to £5,000.

If you think your property may contravene these new guidelines you should obtain an accurate EPC rating from a qualified and accredited energy assessor. If the results show that your commercial property has a rating of F or G, you should take steps to make it more energy efficient, simple changes like energy efficient light bulbs can make a real difference. Not only will this help with future EPC ratings, but the changes will have a positive incentive for new tenants to occupy the property, as well as saving money, and ultimately the planet.

Campbell & Kennedy are qualified and accredited energy assessors and can provide your property with an EPC. To find out more, call us on 0141 435 7774 or email us on commercial@campbellkennedy.co.uk

 

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