Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) in Scotland
Existing Domestic Buildings in Scotland and Existing Non-Domestic Buildings in Scotland
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a legal document which identifies the energy efficiency of a building based on the standardised way that the building is used. Carbon dioxide (CO2) ratings are shown in bandings from A to G, with A being the least polluting. For dwellings, cost-based ratings are also shown with bandings from A to G indicating the least running costs. The main focus of the EPC is the amount of CO2 that is estimated to be released from the building. The performance of the building is benchmarked against current building standards and recommends cost effective improvements. The EPC must be fixed to the building and will be valid for a period of up to ten years.
EPCs are now required for all new buildings constructed after 1 May 2007. Since January 2009 certain categories of existing buildings also require an Energy Performance Certificate. Buildings when constructed, sold or rented out, including homes, public sector buildings and business premises require an EPC. There is a potential for these categories to be expanded during 2010, subject to any regulation changes. The agreed timetable for the introduction of EPCs in Scotland is as listed. See also http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/Building/Building-standards/homeinfo/appbody.
Date of Introduction
Introduced on 1 May 2007
1 December 2008*
4 January 2009
4 January 2009
Must be on display by 4 January 2009
*introduction to align with the Single Survey
The requirements to become a member of the scheme are as follows:
- To have the required professional criteria for membership.
- To abide by the scheme's Code of Conduct.
- To abide by the scheme's Disciplinary Procedures.
- To have details published on our register of EPC scheme members (existing buildings).
Training will be offered for scheme members in the following:
- The use of the Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) calculation tool for non-domestic buildings; Reduced Standard Assessment Procedure (RdSAP) for domestic buildings.
- Energy efficient designs.
- Energy audit survey techniques.
The application process is detailed in the joining information set out. This briefly involves applying to join the scheme, undertaking any necessary training and submitting three trial EPCs for assessment of competence.
Prospective scheme members are first of all required to complete the Scheme Application form and send it to the Scheme Manager at BRE Scotland, together with the joining fee. Applicants should also send a signed copy of the Code of Conduct to BRE.
BRE Global already operates Schemes for Certifiers of Design for Section 6 Energy (Non-Domestic and Domestic). Approved Certifiers of Design who are members of BREs Schemes can issue EPCs for new build work at present. Those becoming an Approved Certifier of Design will receive a substantial membership discount to join the EPC Scotland: Existing Buildings Scheme. Full details of the Approved Certifiers of Design schemes are available on www.bre.co.uk/acd