Changes to energy performance regulations

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The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 came into force on 9 January 2013, replacing all previous energy performance regulations. The government has also issued revised guidance. There have also been minor amendments to the 2012 revised regulations to align the energy performance legislation with the Green Deal. The main changes include:

  • More buildings are exempt – protected and listed buildings are now exempt but only in certain circumstances. In addition, more religious buildings are exempt, some nonresidential agricultural buildings may be exempt and short-term occupation has been confirmed as exempt.
  • Requirement to state the asset rating of the building in any advertisement for sale or rent — this replaces the previous requirement for a copy of the first page of an EPC to be attached to written particulars of any building available for sale or rent.
  • Requirement to display an EPC in non-residential buildings frequently visited by the public — this is a new obligation requiring non-dwellings with a total useful floor area of more than 500 square metres to display an EPC if they are frequently visited by the public and if an EPC has already been provided…

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