Energy Performance of Buildings Directive: EPBD

Energy certification for buildings was initially introduced to the UK in 2008 as a result of the European Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD). The EU directive has been transposed to the UK through various forms of the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations both in Scotland and England and Wales. This has led to a re3quirement for all buildings to have Energy Performance Certificates, Action Plans in Scotland and Display Energy Certificates.

The Legislation relating to EPCs in Scotland

Energy in buildings legislation

As of 4th January 2009 it became a legal requirement in to provide an EPC in Scotland for buildings for sale or for lease / to let. The original relevant legislation is The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008. Copies of the regulations and subsequent regulations are available on this website below.

Where a building is to be sold or let the owner must display a valid EPC and in addition if the building is in excess of 1,000 sq m an Action Plan.

An lodged EPC for a commercial property comprises a distinctive energy graph, an energy label and a recommendations section. The recommendations section highlights basic ways to improve energy efficiency whilst improving the EPC rating. The recommendations section should be tailored by the EPC assessor with expert knowledge of how the rating can be  improved and energy use reduced.

The energy performance certificate to be made available is the most recent valid certificate obtained in respect of the building and is valid for 10 years from the date on which it was issued. Where copies of Statutory Instruments are provided on this website this is done so under the Open Government Licens and a copy of this can be read at National Archives.

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Energy in Buildings - Original EU directive