Don’t get caught out by Energy Performance!

Are you a commercial landlord or do you own commercial property? Do you know if all of your properties comply with the Energy Performance regulations?

Energy Performance Certificates (“EPCs”) were introduced in 2009 and have continued to be a source of confusion. Understanding the EPC regime was further complicated by the recent introduction of additional regulations, which came into force on 1 October 2012 and 9 January 2013.

Many properties fall foul of the regulations and the requirement to obtain or display an EPC is often overlooked; but with the penalty for non-compliance being a fine of £1,000 for each breach, can you afford to ignore it?

Most commercial properties in Scotland over 500 square metres require to have an EPC when sold, let, constructed, or advertised for sale or rent. In certain circumstances, an EPC is also required when a property is modified or renovated.

Some properties are required to have an EPC on display in a prominent position at all times, depending upon the identity of the tenant or occupier and the frequency by which the building is open to the public.

The changes introduced by the 2012 Regulations also mean that energy performance ratings must now be included in all property advertising particulars. The production of an EPC after the transaction has taken place or once a buyer or tenant has been found is no longer sufficient.

For more information on how to comply with the Energy Performance of Buildings regulations or the changes brought in by the recent legislation, click here to read our expanded summary.

If you would like further information or advice, please contact Michael Dewar or Lynn Simpson