Performance of Buildings Directive

A ‘re-cast’ of the original Energy Performance of Buildings Directive has recently been issued by DCLG. The main changes are summarised below:

  • There will no longer be a requirement to attach the front page of the EPC to written property particulars.
  • Property advertisements should include the energy rating graph where space permits. If this is not possible, the property EPC rating must be included in the advert.
  • An EPC will no longer be required for buildings and monuments officially protected as part of a designated environment or because of special architectural or historic merit in so far as compliance with certain energy efficiency requirements would unacceptably alter character or appearance.
  • extension of current requirement for a display energy certificate in large public buildings, to public buildings above 500m². Unlike buildings larger than 1,000m², display energy certificates for smaller public buildings will be valid for 10 years.
  • energy performance certificate to be displayed in commercial premises larger than 500m² where one has been previously issued.

These changes will come in to force on 9th January 2013.

Please refer to the full CLG document (click here) to familiarise yourself with the changes. We would also like to highlight the FAQ section found towards the end of the document as we believe this contains a lot of useful information regarding EPC validity and eligibility.

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