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Energy Performance Certificates – UPDATES

15th February, 2013

We tweeted a series of articles during the week of 28 January 2013 about changes to the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) regime from 9 January 2013.

You can see the whole article by clicking HERE.


CLARIFICATION OF THE NEW REGIME

On 6 February 2013 the relevant regulations were amended to make it clear that “buildings” covered by the new EPC regime also include a “building unit”.

Just in case any of you were wondering if the requirement to have an EPC for part of a building continues – the regulations confirm the answer is yes it does.

FURTHER UPDATES

Regulation 10 of the relevant laws requires the display an EPC in non-residential buildings with a total useful floor area of over 500m².

Regulation 11 requires the inclusion in any advertisement in commercial media for the sale or rental of a building or a building unit (whether residential or non-residential), the asset rating of the building as shown on the EPC.

There are no specific enforcement powers and penalties relating to breach of these regulations.

This is because the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), expects voluntary observance of such provisions.  If that does not work, specific enforcement powers and penalties will be considered by DCLG.

For further information please contact Emma McGlinchey, partner in the Real Estate team at [email protected] or telephone 01244 405567.

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