12th July 2016 back to news

EPC Proposed Changes (Non Domestic Buildings) in Scotland

EPC Proposed Changes (Non Domestic Buildings) in Scotland

 

The result of the Brexit Referendum to exit the European Union presents a huge challenge.  Currently the inspection of buildings under the European Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) is written into UK Law and therefore we must all continue as we are.
 
The UK is committed to saving energy and reducing greenhouse gasses and this will continue.  This is a global challenge and the UK has signed up to the Kyoto Protocol.  Currently, one of the best ways to understand energy usage and where savings can be made is through the advice and information provided in Energy Performance Certificates.  The UK’s commitment to the EPBD, enshrined in UK Law, forms a major part of the UK’s sustainability strategy and will remain so for the foreseeable future.
 
The most recent EPC Regulations were signed off by The Scottish Parliament on 8th March 2016.  This Legislation sets very modest energy performance improvement targets.  However, the Legislation has introduced an Action Plan to accompany the EPC.  All properties for sale/lease over 1,000m² will require an Action Plan.
 
The Action Plan and EPC will form part of the marketing material available to prospective purchasers/tenants.  Both the Action Plan and the EPC must be lodged on the Scottish Register.
 
The Action Plan will be prepared by Section 63 Advisors.  The Action Plan will specify improvement measures.  The payback period of the improvement measures must not be greater than 7 years which will be measured through savings in energy bills.  The payback period for boilers is 15 years.  Improvement measures must be undertaken within 3½ years of the EPC being lodged.
 
There are 7 prescriptive improvement measures within these new Regulations.  The alternative improvement measures are optional by the Client/Owner/Section 63 Advisor and must have a shorter payback period than the prescriptive improvement measures.
 
The fine for non-compliance will be £1,000.00.
 
The following building types are currently exempt:-
 

  • Buildings with a floor area less than 1,000m² (subject to sale/lease).
  • Lease renewals/short term lets.
  • Buildings that meet 2002 Building Regulations.
  • Buildings improved by the UK Green Deal.
  • Workshops or non-residential agricultural buildings with low energy demand.

 

 
Should you require further information, please contact your local Graham + Sibbald Office.