We run through key parts of the rollout of EPCs north of the border which is different to the implentation in England and Wales
Timetable for ScotlandFor the purposes of energy performance certificate provision in Scotland, buildings are divided into dwellings and non-dwellings.
All articles of the EPBD were transposed in May 2007. EPCs came into force for dwellings being sold on 1st December 2008 and will come into force for commercial buildings sold on 4th January 2009.
The provision of an Energy Performance Certificate when constructing a commercial building in Scotland came into effect from the 1st May 2007. EPCs must be displayed a building indicating the approximate annual carbon dioxide emissions and energy usage of the building based on standardised usage.
Energy performance for the certificate is calculated in accordance with an asset-based (measure of standardised building performance) methodology which conforms with EU Directive 2009/91/EC.
The requirement for an EPC when selling or leasing to prospective buyers or tenants of a commercial building will come into force from 4th January 2009. EPCs are valid for 10 years.
EPCs are not needed in buildings that are to be used for less than two years or buildings that do not use energy to heat or cool them.
EPCs for public buildingsEPCs must be on display in public buildings. Display Energy Certificates do not exist in Scotland. The definition of a public building in Scotland is as follows:
a. The area of the building is over 1000 m2;
B. The building is occupied by public authorities or provides public services to a large number of persons;
C. The building is frequently visited, at least weekly, by members of the general public;
D. The public has a right of access to the building or the parts thereof providing services directly to the public; and
E. Public funding, even in part, is used in the operation of the building, or in the general upkeep of the building or in funding costs of staff employed therein.
Examples of such buildings are:
• Colleges (further education, higher education), universities;
• Community centres;
• Concert halls, theatres;
• Day centres;
• Education centres, schools (nursery, primary, secondary, special);
• Exhibition halls (multi-function centres)
• Headquarters’ buildings (of local authorities such as district councils,)