EPCs for existing domestic building in Scotland
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BRE has established a reputation as one of the most respected and professional EPC Scheme providers in Scotland. Please visit the "Joining Information" tab and follow the advice there if you want to train to produce Domestic EPCs.
An EPC is a document which states the energy efficiency of a building based on the standardised way that the building is used. Ratings based on running costs and on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are shown in bandings from A to G, with A being the best rating. The Certificate provides recommended cost effective improvements. The certificate must be fixed to the building and will be valid for a period of 10 years.
The EPC must:
- display an indication of current carbon dioxide emissions;
- provide an indication of potential emissions if improvements are carried out; and
- record a list of cost effective improvements.
This applies only to all domestic buildings which undergo sale or rental. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the building owner to affix the EPC to the building.
From 1 December 2008 EPCs were required for homes for sale, coinciding with the introduction of the 'Single Survey', which has to be prepared for all homes going on the market. Housing for rental was required to have an EPC from 4 January 2009. There is an anticipated 100,000 homes per year expected to need a Single Survey. The EPC will become an integral part of the Single Survey.
For sales an Energy Report must be attached to the EPC, summarising the energy related features of the property and providing details of the recommended improvement measures. For rental the Energy Report is optional at the discretion of the person commissioning the EPC.
The reduced data version of SAP 2005 (RdSAP) is used for existing dwellings.
EPCs for existing domestic buildings are to be lodged on the HEED Database, which is operated by the Energy Savings Trust. Full details of the processes will be provided to registered users by Quest, the sole appointed software providers for Domestic EPCs issued under the BRE Scotland Scheme. Please see the Latest Updates page for details on how to identify a property addresses when registering an EPC.
Members of BRE Scotland's EPC Schemes are solely responsible for confirming to the Scheme that they have valid Public Liability and Professional Indemnity Insurance cover to a level of £2 million for each.
EPC Guidance information is available from the Scottish Government's FAQ page using the web link below.
BRE's Scheme for existing buildings allows suitably capable individuals to issue EPCs for domestic buildings. Individuals will be required to undertake suitable training and submit regular EPCs for checking by BRE staff. To apply to become a member of the scheme first of all submit an application form to the BRE Scheme Manager at BRE Scotland. The joining process is detailed in the joining information.