Everything you need to know about EPCs in Scotland

A Scotland EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) displays the current CO2 emissions and energy use of a building.

There is a growing need for businesses and individuals to reduce their carbon footprint. The EPC Scotland is just one example of the push for environmentally friendly regulations.

Keep reading to learn more about the EPCs and why they're used.

What is an EPC Scotland?

The EPC is a certificate that is now required for all types of building in the UK. Though, there are a few specific regulations in Scotland.

In Scotland, the EPC is needed for all commercial buildings. This includes offices, retail locations, sports venues, factories, and even government facilities and schools.

The owner must be able to provide this certificate to any tenant or prospective buyer.

The requirement was introduced as a series of provisions under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). This occurred between 2007 and 2009.

The idea was to help improve energy performance and reduce the pollution produced by commercial buildings.

What are the EPC Ratings?

The EPC will display a rating based on the estimated CO2 emissions of the building. The CO2 emissions are listed in kilograms per square meter of floor space.

The resulting expression is the CO2 emissions per year.

Based on the result, the building is given a rating on a seven-band scale – from A to G. This is like the energy efficient stickers that now appear on new household appliances.

With an A rating, the building is very energy efficient. With a G rating, the building is incredibly inefficient.

Basically, the rating allows you to determine if the building needs to be improved to reduce energy waste and consumption.

Why do buildings need EPCs in Scotland?

If you plan on renting, leasing, or selling a property, you must obtain an EPC. These EPCs can only be obtained through an approved EPC organisation.

An energy assessor assesses the building to determine the EPC rating. The rating needs to be available for prospective buyers or tenants.

Essentially, the rating lets people know if it will cost more to heat the building or if there are other issues related to energy efficiency.

After it is issued, the EPC will be valid for 10 years. The EPC will also include recommendations for improving the energy rating of the building.

Even if you do not plan on selling the property, this information can help property owners discover areas for improvement. This could be as easy as adding energy efficient light bulbs to your building.

If you make improvements to a building, you should consider getting another assessment.

What Else Should You Know About EPCs?

The bottom line is that the EPC Scotland is a certificate that provides the energy efficiency of buildings.

Each building is given a rating, which may impact the value of the property dependant on market circumstances. Some government agencies looking to locate in a prime office buildings will only consider buildings with an EPC Grade C or better so planning ahead to consider the EPC is recommended.

An EPC is now a requirement and they can only be obtained through approved organisations. If your EPC is outdated, then consider getting a new assessment.