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November 2014

BRE & Elmhurst Energy – EPC Schemes update

Elmhurst Energy has acquired BRE Global’s Energy Assessors Certification Scheme. The web link below offers essential detail, including contact points for enquiries for existing and prospective EPC members. Please use the indicated contact numbers to ensure you receive the relevant detail regarding your own situation. https://www.bre.co.uk/accreditation/epctransition

October 2014

Minister announced Green Deal to receive additional £100m funding.

Ed Davey, Minister for Energy & Climate Change, recently announced that an additional £100m will be available to fund a new phase of the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund. The intended use for these funds is to help people make energy saving improvements to their home. Applications will be accepted from households before the end of November. Further details including terms and conditions, rates and all measures to be covered will be announced in November.

Additional detail can be found on this web link

EPC production during holidays

In response to queries received regarding holiday cover, please see below Q & A on what is acceptable.

Q. I’ve booked a holiday or am otherwise unavailable on the date a client wants the    EPC assessment. Can I get a colleague to take the job for me?

A.  Yes, if your colleague or locum is a fully accredited assessor and lodges the EPC under their own   
     membership details.

Q. Can I allow a locum to use my password to lodge the EPC under my name?

A.  No. User names and password access to the EPC system are not transferable. Any such action would be a
     serious breach of the terms under which membership was offered and could result in the suspension or expulsion of both parties from the EPC Scheme.
Each EPC Scheme is obliged to advise Building Standards Division of an expulsion or suspension with 24 hours of it happening.

Q. If I did pass my membership log on details to a third party what other issues could it cause?

A.  You may have invalidated your Professional Indemnity Insurance.  The insurers may refuse any future claim(s) and leave you in an exposed position.

Any EPCs produced by a third party using your log in details can be declared invalid (& uninsured) and may have to be redone at your expense.

This activity could potentially be viewed as fraudulent behaviour, subject to the specific circumstances.

Other EPC Schemes may not offer membership if you have been suspended or removed for unauthorised activity.

It is important to note that access details for the EPC system are personal to you. They should not be shared with anyone. You are not authorised to delegate production of an EPC using your membership. To do so would be a serious breach of the terms under which membership is offered. You may also invalidate your Professional Indemnity Insurance if such an action were to happen.

Scottish Government plan scheme to tackle fuel poverty

Scottish Government to invest millions in national fuel poverty scheme via campaign aimed at helping people reduce their winter fuel bills.  Details will be announced & inviting bids to deliver for up to £224 million over seven years from 2015: Scot. Gov. Fuel Poverty Scheme

EST pricing exercise

The Energy Saving Trust is looking to carry out a pricing exercise with a view to procuring a framework of contractors across Scotland to support the delivery of a new national programme. The aim of the scheme is to support householders living in fuel poverty and the programme is forecasted to go live in early 2015. The scheme will be centred around the installation of insulation, heating and micro-generation measures in the homes of households who are identified as living in fuel poverty but will be required to service all Energy Company Obligation (“ECO”) funded measures.

The Energy Saving Trust is looking to create a framework of contractors across Scottish regions to supply the various measures required under the scheme, with an emphasis on including local contractor’s specific to multiple regions. The contractors would be responsible for identifying the measures which are suitable for the dwelling, carrying out the required surveys, installing the measures and arranging a post-installation inspection as appropriate. Please direct any questions via the Q&A tab on the Prior Information Notice (PIN) on Public Contracts Scotland web site.  See:   Public Contracts Scotland

Energy efficiency, renewables & retrofit Supply Chain road shows from EST
EST is organising a series of supply chain road shows in November.

Intended audience:

  • installer (MCS or Green Deal), assessor, surveyor
  •  Green Deal provider
  • anyone else involved with the low carbon supply chain.

Full details with booking information is available on this download

September 2014

Scotland Excel event 01 Oct 2014
Scotland Excel offers the opportunity to attend a Construction Collaborative Tendering Event at Paisley Town Hall on Wednesday 1st October 2014, 10.30-12.30pm. Energy Assessors are encouraged to investigate this event to determine what opportunities there may be for you.  See the web link for more detail and how to book:  Scotland Excel

Key news items have been collated within the Summer 2014 Newsletter, download using this link:
BRE EPC Newsletter Summer2014

August 2014

Advice from Ofgem on EPCs to support RHI claims

Ofgem has responded to an enquiry where property owners in Scotland who had received an EPC for a New Build but the EPC was not lodged to the Scottish EPC Register.  The current regulations do not allow an RHI application to consider an EPC that doesn’t have a heat demand figure (see the regs. excerpts below).

The key information, required by the regulations and rules of RHI, is the heat demand figure and the recommended measures. These are used to calculate payments. The absence of recommendations for loft and cavity wall insulation is taken as evidence that the applicant has met the energy efficiency requirements.  Ofgem use the EPC reference number to pull across data relating to that EPC, and ensure that applicants are assessed using the most recent EPC (Ofgem will use the information in the most recent EPC, even where an applicant submits an older EPC).

Therefore, where an applicant does not have an EPC with a reference number or heat demand figure, they will be expected to get a new EPC before applying. EPCs which do not have reference numbers or heat demand figures will not be eligible to support an RHI application.

Extract from Regulations

29.—(1) The amount of heat in kWh which an accredited domestic plant is deemed to generate every 12 months (the “deemed annual heat generation”) is calculated in accordance with this regulation.

(2) If the accredited domestic plant is a biomass plant which provides space heating (but not heating for domestic hot water) to the RHI property, the deemed annual heat generation is the heat demand for space heating specified in the relevant EPC for that property.

(3) If the accredited domestic plant is a biomass plant which provides both space heating and domestic hot water heating to the RHI property, the deemed annual heat generation is the heat demand for space heating and water heating specified in the relevant EPC for that property.

All RHI enquiries should be directed to the RHI Scheme operator

Announcement of changes to Green Deal Advice Reports in Scotland 

On 10th August, the Green Deal advice reports (GDARs) in Scotland were changed. The amendments are designed to make the report easier to understand and also introduce more information about related policies that Green Deal customers might be interested in pursuing. The changes only relate to the presentation of the GDAR when retrieved from the Green Deal Register - the software and calculation process are unchanged.
These changes have been made following feedback from consumers and Green Deal Stakeholders since the launch of the Green Deal last year.

Changes include (but are not limited to):

• Inclusion of column showing money householder could receive in Year 1 through FITs/RHI
• Eligible schemes for the householder for each measure e.g. ECO, RHI
• Display dates of assessment, lodgement & and report on Green Deal Register
• Certification Body contact details

All enquiries should be passed through your Green Deal Advisor Organisation (GDAO)

Ofgem consultation on Guidance for Suppliers

Ofgem published a consultation earlier this week on their revised ECO Guidance for Suppliers. The Ofgem consultation covers some technical matters relating to the changes to ECO for the period up to end March 2015 following the recent DECC consultation. Ofgem are consulting only on particular legislative changes that require them to exercise some degree of discretion in their administration. Draft legislation for these changes was laid on 22 July and is expected to come into force in the Autumn.  The deadline for responses is  22 September.                                                       
The consultation can be accessed at this link. It consists of four sets of questions:

  • New CERO primary measures: minimum insulation level to support a secondary measure
  • Connections to a district heating system: pre-conditions under CERO and CSCO
  • Compliance with building regulations: installation of a measure
  • General comments on our guidance (version 1.2)

The Scottish Government will be responding to this consultation. If you are aware of any issues which you would like raised in the response please contact Alasdair Macleod using the contact details below:

Alasdair Macleod
Sustainable Housing Policy Officer | Scottish Government
2nd Floor, Highlander House, Glasgow 
Tel. No.  0141 24 25420

Green Homes Cashback scheme phase 3 closure

Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s Green Homes Cashback scheme closed on 13th August because funding has been fully allocated. The Energy Saving Trust is now operating a waiting list for any customers who are still interested in registering their details to be issued with a voucher should further funding become available.  Funding may become available as unclaimed vouchers begin to expire but they cannot guarantee that any further funding will become available or that there will be another issue of vouchers.

If customers have had a Green Deal Advice Report completed but have not made an application to the scheme, EST cannot offer funding towards this unless they apply to the waiting list, are issued a voucher and claim for at least one eligible measure. Customers must still have had a GDAR to apply to the waiting list, and any applications found to have provided incorrect details will not be considered for a voucher if more funding becomes available.

As a reminder, for an applicant to be eligible for a voucher they must not have started work on their installation before being issued with a voucher, even if they are on the waiting list. Customers who have already been issued with a voucher under phase 3 of the scheme must complete their work and claim their funding before the voucher expiry date. The FAQ section on EST website has been updated to cover some common queries.

Please note this closure does not affect the social housing provider stream of the Green Homes Cashback scheme, which is currently open for bids and closes on Thursday 28th August at 5pm.
All enquiries relating to this scheme should be directed to EST. 
EST Green Homes Cashback Scheme

Lower Carbon Buildings – A Review of Energy Standards and Guidance Within Scottish Building Regulations

The Consultation Report and Scottish Government Response to the review of energy standards has been published. Copies can be downloaded from this web link:
Review of Energy Standards

Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) enquiries
Enquiries are being received related to Renewable Heat Incentive(RHI) applications, It is important that EPC Assessors are aware of which authority is required to issue the EPC for the type of property being considered for RHI, i.e. does the property require a New build or Existing build EPC?  It is also important to ensure that, if you are asked to issue an EPC for RHI, that you have the appropriate authority to do so for that type of building should the assessment be carried out under Green Deal?  (See page 15 of the Ofgem - Essential Guide for Applicants).
The EPC Schemes do not have a role in offering RHI advice. It is recommended that Assessors familiarise themselves with the rules of the Scheme before committing to supplying an EPC to ensure they their clients are being dealt with appropriately.

Information sources

Listed below are links to essential documents relating to RGI. Additionally there are links to the Scottish Government’s EPC Guidance publications. Ofgem’s web site hosts the Domestic RHI “Essential Guide for Applicants” . For further advice or support, please use the Ofgem contact details in the guides or for EST.

Contact points for queries regarding RHI scheme requirements and eligibility:

  • Home Energy Scotland - (Scotland) 0808 808 2282
  • Energy Saving Trust - Free impartial general information on how to save energy in the home
  • EST Get-free-advice

DECC - Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive payment calculator                                        
DECC has published an RHI payment calculator online. It is free to use and will give an indication of potential payments that a given measure may generate. The calculator can be accessed at this web link
DECC RHI Calculator

Ofgem RHI publications
Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) - Reference Document - Version 1.1  July 2014
(Contains link to the RHI Essential Guide for Applicants)
Ofgem RHI Guide Domestic July 2014

Domestic RHI FAQs

Non Domestic
Ofgem RHI Non Domestic 
Non Domestic RHI Spring update April 2014 

Scottish Government - EPC GUIDANCE LEAFLETS

ScotGov EPC Guidance 02 New Builds

ScotGov EPC Guidance - 11 - FAQs

ScotGov EPC Guidance 11 New Builds since 30 June 2013

July 2014

As we enter the holiday season, it is important to note that EPC Assessor registration codes are not transferrable. An assessor is issued with codes to allow lodgement to the EPC Register. This authority cannot be delegated or passed on to a third party. Please plan your EPC production to take account of any leave that you will take. If any Assessor account is compromised it could be grounds for suspension from the EPC Scheme. Please ensure that your Registration details are secure and do not allow anyone else to make use of them to access the Register. The EPC Scheme will take the view that  any EPC, issued in an unauthorised process, would be uninsured, invalid and require a a full survey revisit for re-lodgement.

EPCs for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) applications in Scotland

There has been an increase in enquiries regarding EPCs for RHI applications.  This is an area beyond the scope of responsibility for the Building Standards Division of Scottish Government, the department which authorises the Approved Organisations (EPC Schemes).

RHI is a UK policy.  BSD sought advice from Ofgem which could be circulated to EPC Scheme members, which was received as follows:

 Ofgem agreed  with Home Energy Scotland (HES) to take the following approach:

    • Ofgem’s system of accreditation requires an EPC to be lodged on the register along with an RRN. This is  data is used to look at the EPC database register  to make the calculations for payments and check that there are no outstanding measures in terms of insulation.
    • Applicants in Scotland with EPCs created for new-builds with a building warrant dated from before 9 January 2013 will not have a RRN as these EPCs were not required at the time to be lodged on the Scottish EPC Register.
    • If they are to be accredited to the domestic RHI scheme they will need to get their energy assessor to lodge the EPC on the Scottish EPC register in order to get a valid RRN.
    • In most cases, energy assessors can lodge these types of EPCs retrospectively.

Any queries relating to RHI should be sent to domesticRHI@ofgem.gov.uk

June 2014

Scottish EPC Register - update w/c 30 June 2014

EST have confirmed from the OSG that there will now be a backup service in place on Monday (30th June) and Tuesday (01st July) while they move their live system.  There may still be a short outage on Monday from 07:00 whilst the switch over takes place. This will not last the full two days as previously stipulated.  Therefore there should be no major disruption of lodgements to the Scottish EPC Register as previously advised. As a precaution it may still be worth making any urgent lodgements by Sunday (29th June) where possible.  Please adjust your work flow to accommodate these circumstances.

Issued on 27/06/14 by:  EST - Scottish EPC Register

Delivering building energy assessments under Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act


Scottish Government have recently published responses to our consultation on the form of regulations to be made under section 63  on the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009. 

Scottish Government response to original consultation

Scottish Government response to form of regulations consultation

In addition to the Scottish Government’s responses to the consultation, a timetable for implementation has also been published.  It is intended that regulations will be laid in the Scottish Parliament later this year (2014), with legislation coming into force in Autumn 2015. A short summary of the Scottish Government’s approach is set out below.

Summary of proposed new regulations, processes and duties

Secondary legislation (regulations) will require owners of eligible existing non-domestic buildings to take  ‘Action on Carbon and Energy Performance’ and assess and improve their building.  This will consist of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC),  Recommendations Report (already required under EPBD), plus an ‘Action Plan’ which identifies an improvement target and the action the building owner will take in response. 

Initially, regulations will apply to buildings with a conditioned floor area over 1,000 m², with the need for assessment and action being triggered by the sale of a building or the lease to a new tenant (as per EPBD). Initial implementation will therefore cover a relatively small proportion of all property transactions.  Exemption from the need to assess the energy efficiency of the building under s.63 will apply to those buildings which already meet newbuild emissions target under the 2002 building standards or which have a comprehensive Green Deal Plan. To enable assessment, functionality within NCM software will automatically calculate improvement targets for energy and emission savings based upon the application of a range of prescribed measures, as relevant to the existing building.  The Action Plan will then record whether the owner either intends to implement prescribed measures or meet the target by implementing alternative measures and also whether they will defer improvement by reporting operational energy use on an annual basis.

Timetable for implementation

Scottish Government intends to finalise the section 63 regulations and develop guidance on the basis of the draft regulations.  The current timeline for developing the policy through to bringing the regulations into force is as follows:

  • Summer 2014 - Liaison with COSLA, local authorities, software providers & approved organisations
  • Autumn 2014 - Complete section 63 part of Register
  • Winter 2014/2015 – iSBEM with s63 functionality & ORScotland available; Scottish Statutory Instrument (SSI) goes through parliamentary process
  • Spring/Summer 2015 - Dissemination events
  • Autumn 2015 - regulations come into force 

s.63 – creation of assessor/adviser role

The intention is to build on the current Approved Organisation structure and ND EPC assessor role by creating an additional competency for ’s.63 assessors’.  The Section 63 assessor role is being defined in relation to the relevant elements of the UK Energy Adviser and DEC NOS. The role will be supported by new functionality within the Scottish EPC register enabling lodgement of XML for both Action Plans and operational ratings assessments.  Two new assessment tools are in development.

s.63 software - NCM tools / Action Plan

Production of an Action Plan setting improvement targets for energy and emission savings for qualifying buildings and reporting on improvements  is being delivered through additional functionality within SBEM.  BRE were contracted to develop and implement new functionality that integrates with the SBEM specification and implement this within a new version of the iSBEM tool.

Once building data necessary for EPC production is already present, this functionality will enable an assessor to:

  • Identify whether the building being assessed already meets the overall emissions target that would have applied to a new building under the 2002 standards (e.g. 2002 notional building)
  • Generate an improvement target (in terms of carbon dioxide emissions) by identifying and assigning those prescriptive improvements that are applicable to the building
  • Model and record alternative improvement scenarios to determine how the improvement target might best be met for that particular building
  • Record the approach to meeting the improvement target, agreed with the building owner
  • Record whether the owner wishes to defer improvement by reporting operational ratings
  • Generate a draft Action Plan to illustrate proposals to the building owner
  • Once agreed, generate Action Plan XML for separate lodgement to the Scottish EPC register to record the assessment and decisions of the building owner.

The s.63 beta version of iSBEM v5.2 (with ‘Action Plan’  functions) will be made available to interested parties on request once register system integration testing is complete in late May. BRE NCM

s.63 software – ‘ORScotland’ / DECs and Advisory Reports

Where an owner of a qualifying building chooses to defer improvements, this will require annual operational ratings to be reported via lodgement of data to produce a Display Energy Certificate.  A Scottish version of the current ‘ORcalc’ tool, developed under licence from DCLG,  will be made available for this purpose.  This tool will produce Display Energy Certificate and Advisory Report XML for separate lodgement to the Scottish EPC register.
Further information will be published as it becomes available.

Green Deal in Scotland

The next phase of the Green Homes Cashback scheme launched on Monday 2nd June 2014 at 11am when the application form went live. The terms and conditions, eligibility criteria and a full list of eligible measures are now available on the Energy Savings Trust (EST) web site. See -

EST Green Homes Cashback Scheme 2014

The main differences to note between phase 2 and phase 3 are:

  • Customers will be required to have their Green Deal Advice Report carried out at their property before applying to the scheme.
  • When completing the application form, customers will be asked to select measures from the eligible measures list using their Green Deal Advice Report because, as with phase 2, the measure must appear as a recommendation on the GDAR under the ‘recommendations for improvement’ list.
  • Customers will not be able to combine a rebate for heating controls with a rebate for a boiler.
  • LEDs are not eligible for a rebate under this phase of the Green Homes Cashback scheme.
  • Customers cannot combine a GHCB application with ECO, HEEPS:ABS or any other Scottish Government energy efficiency grant.
  • Payment by cheque will no longer be an option.
  • EST  will not accept applications made by assessors, installers or providers. Any customers without access to the online application form will be required to phone Home Energy Scotland to make an application.

Customer queries about the scheme should contact Home Energy Scotland on: 0808 808 2282.

EPC requirement for New Buildings in Scotland

Since 30 June 2013, the Scottish EPC register has had the facility to receive both SAP and SBEM/DSM EPC lodgements for new buildings.

As part of changes introduced at the start of 2013, it is a requirement that, where a new building is the subject of a building warrant applied for on or after 9 January 2013, the EPC submitted on completion must be produced from data lodged to the Scottish EPC register. Such EPCs can only be produced by an EPC assessor who is a member of an Approved Organisation (AO) appointed by Scottish Ministers.

This means that since 30 June 2013  all EPCs produced on completion of post 09 Jan 2013 building warrants will require to first be lodged to the Scottish EPC register by an EPC assessor.

EPCs produced on completion of pre 09 Jan 2013 building warrants may still be produced by any party, acceptable to the Verifier, via approved software and submitted to the local authority with a completion certificate for checking. However, if the applicant wishes the EPC data for their building to be recorded on the Scottish EPC register, they now have the option of choosing to use an EPC assessor.

Further information may be found in the BSD guidance leaflet EPC – 11, available at: BSD EPC - 11 Flyer


May 2014

Important update on buildings in Scotland that are exempt from requiring an EPC

Q -   Are there any types of buildings which do not need an EPC?
A -   Yes. These are:

  • stand alone buildings (other than dwellings) with a useful floor area of less than 50 m2
  • temporary buildings with a planned use of two years or less
  • buildings with a low energy demand – i.e. non-residential agricultural buildings and workshops
  • buildings sold for the purpose of demolition

Energy Savings Trust are planning to announce a new tranche of funding support for green measures in Scottish homes

EST will announce specific detail of their refreshed offer of funding to support the installation of energy saving measures in domestic properties in June 2014. Home owners are encouraged to pre-register on the EST web site to ensure they receive the updated detail when EST announce the package on offer. You can do this using the web link below:                                                                                        

EST Scotland Green Measures funding - June 2014

April 2014

The Scottish Government has published its response to the Consultation on Form of Regulations for Non Domestic Buildings – Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009: Section 63. This document signals significant changes to how Non Domestic building owners will be required to action energy efficiency measures on their properties.  The report outlines a timetable of actions leading up to implementation coming into force in autumn 2015.

The section 63 regulations will now be finalised together with supporting guidance on the basis of the draft regulations, taking into account the consultation responses including:

  • Exempting lease renewals at this time and considering if other exempt transactions are required, having regard to consistency with current EPC arrangements
  • Requiring owners to carry out prescribed physical improvements to their buildings; or
  • Allowing owners to carry out alternative measures, provided such measures at least achieve the energy performance and emissions targets; or
  • Allowing owners to use Display Energy Certificates as a part of Section 63 requirements as requested by industry
  • Developing guidance for publication on the Building Standards website
  • Working with approved organisations so that their assessors are competent to deal with the new requirements within the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations for section 63 CCSA.
  • Working with local authorities to develop enforcement procedures

Work is in progress to develop the EPC Electronic Register to receive documents from section 63 assessments and record work carried out to improve such buildings including operational ratings.

It is intended that both regulations and supporting guidance will be published in early 2015 and brought into force in autumn 2015. This will allow around seven months for property owners to prepare for the changes.

Within Chapter 2 of the Energy Act 2011 there is a duty on Whitehall Ministers to regulate for energy efficiency of private rented sector non-domestic buildings towards the end of this decade.  There is a good deal in common between this future policy for England & Wales and our Section 63 development work. 

Further information on publication and implementation will be made available on the Building Standards Division web pages on the Scottish Government website.
Section 63 Consultation Response Apr 2014

January 2014

Existing Building EPC Schemes - Scotland

New Entrants to the BRE EPC Schemes for existing buildings will be required to offer evidence of competence to the DEA standard for entry to the Domestic EPC Scheme for existing buildings and NDEA for entry to the Non - Domestic EPC Scheme for existing buildings and NDEA. If you require training to this standard, please email Train@bre.co.uk for details of the next available course.

December 2013

The newsletter includes full details of EPC holiday service and training support for Non DomesticGreen Deal 
Dec 2013 Newsletter

EPC Scheme will observe the following holidays:

Dec  25th – 28 inc.
Jan  01st – 03rd inc.

The BRE Domestic and Non Domestic Help desk service will also take the same days as holiday.

If you have an emergency enquiry that relates to domestic software service please contact the Quest help desk by the usual channels.

Quest Christmas Service will be:

Monday 23rd December – 9am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 24th December – 9am – 1pm
Wednesday 25th December  – Closed
Thursday 26th  December – Closed
Friday 27th December – 9am to 5:30pm
Monday 30th December – 9am – 5:30pm
Tuesday 31st December – 9am – 1pm
Wednesday 1st January – Closed
Thursday 2nd January – 9am – 5:30pm

EST Register

There will be no EPC cover on 25th, 26th and the 1st (including missing address requests).  There will be cover (contact by email not telephone) on the 23rd, 24th , 27th, 30th, 31st and 2nd
Normal service will resume on the 3rd.

if you have any technical issues over the Christmas period, please email the technical team at: scottishepc@est.org.uk.   It would be helpful if you could define the urgency and impact of the problem as accurately as possible.  This will allow the support team to address priority enquiries efficiently. 

Missing address requests should be sent as usual to epcmissingaddress@est.org.uk.  Over the Christmas period these will be dealt with on the 27th, 30th and 31st December. 

Membership renewal notices

The current round of membership renewal notices are being sent out. It is important that those with multiple EPC memberships realise that each EPC Scheme is separate and stand alone. The membership renewal criteria for one scheme is not transferrable to another. If you are in any doubt of the terms and conditions attached to renewing your membership, please e-mail your enquiry to the EPC Scheme Manager stating which membership you need clarification over. Membership renewal does not replace the requirement for members to undergo a randomly selected sample of EPCs for auditing. Contact point for enquiries: epcscotland@bre.co.uk

November 2013

Recent enquiries on cases where an EPC is not required has promoted this reminder.

Important update on buildings in Scotland that are exempt from requiring an EPC

Q - Are there any types of buildings which do not need an EPC?
A - Yes. These are:

  • stand alone buildings (other than dwellings) with a useful floor area of less than 50 m2
  • temporary buildings with a planned use of two years or less
  • buildings with a low energy demand – i.e. non-residential agricultural buildings and workshops
  • buildings sold for the purpose of demolition

October 2013

Reminder on who can produce an EPC

Only members of an Approved Organisation (EPC Scheme) can issue an EPC in Scotland. All Schemes are subject to the demands of the EPBD and updates.
The document below is required reading in conjunction with the BRE EPC Scheme document

Building Standards Division Circular

Cloning & Lodgement of EPCs

A recent enquiry regarding the rules for EPC cloning, and subsequent lodgment, has prompted a reminder to assessors of their responsibilities to follow the correct procedure to ensure that the EPC produced is a valid document. It is important to note that a cloned EPC can’t then be used to avoid individual EPC lodgment as a means to avoid fees. Each building that requires an EPC is required to have that EPC lodged as part of the process to legitimise the final document.

In summary. The Assessor is required  to lodge a separate EPC for each of the buildings and therefore pay a lodgement fee for each EPC regardless of whether it was cloned or not. The assessor must follow the guidance produced on representative sampling. 

Guidance on Representative Sampling

Green Deal for Non Domestic Buildings in Scotland

Wednesday 23rd October
The Trades Hall, Glasgow

BRE is supporting an event hosted by the Energy Savings Trust and backed by the Scottish Government to advise and inform construction, property and energy professionals on the topic of Green Deal.

Please use the link below if you want more details or to book on this relevant event.

Non Domestic Green Deal Event - Glasgow

BRE Green Deal Training in Scotland

September 2013

Feed-in Tariffs - Frequently Asked Questions

Please see below link to the Feed In Tarriffs FAQs. Please note that BRE does not mainatin this page and it may change. No liability is accepted by BRE for any data errors or omissions that may be contained. Refer to the FOT regulator before referencing the data published here to ensure that you are referring to  the current version of the FIT terms and conditions.


August 2013

Low Carbon Skills Fund

The need to develop Low Carbon Skills in Scotland is recognised as a priority area by the Scottish Government. Skills Development Scotland (SDS) are offering financial support for eligible applicants to the Low Carbon Skills Fund to assist firms and individual who which to upskill.

The Low Carbon Skills Fund gives employers in Scotland with up to 250 employees the opportunity to apply for up to £12,500 towards employee training costs. By increasing expertise in this growth area we can harness the opportunities offered by our natural resources to make Scotland a world leader in sustainable energy. BRE’s energy training courses are eligible for funding by the LCSF.

More detail on the LCSF is avaiable on the Skills Development Scotland web site.

You can download their application form here. Please remember that you should submit an application to SDS before committing to any low carbon skills training.

Low Carbon Skills Fund Application.

Skills development Scotland Helplines:

Employers         0800 783 6000
Individuals        0800 917 8000

BRE Green Deal

Green Deal training courses will also attract LCSF support. For more details on how to enagage with Green Deal use this link:  Green Deal Advisor Training

July 2013

BSD has been asked for clarification regarding the production of EPCs following the installation of measures under ECO and Green Deal.  They have confirmed that the Scottish position mirrors that in England and Wales – an assessor must visit the property post installation to ensure the production of an accurate EPC. The assessor must also record evidence of the installed measures along with details of any other relevant changes since the initial inspection. If the post-ECO EPC is to be lodged by a different assessor, a full property inspection must be carried out by the new assessor in order to obtain the relevant survey evidence.

 There are exemptions for EPCs produced as part of a Green Deal application; these are set out within published guidance.

June 2013

Feed in Tariffs and the EPC

Recent enquiries have suggested that those producing EPCs for Feed in Tariff submissions may benefit from a source of information to those managing the FiTs Scheme. Below are useful web links to sources of information and contact points relating to FiTs. Please note that the Scottish Government or the BRE EPC Scheme are not the first enquiry points for FiTs queries.




April 2013

Scottish Government’s Green Homes Cashback scheme. 
EST have advised of amendments to the above scheme that became effective on the 1st April 2013. From that date the applicant needs to have a full Green Deal assessment, rather than just having an EPC, completed for their property to qualify for a grant for energy saving measures.  As previously, only recommended energy efficiency measures are eligible for support.

Grant amounts:

  • Up to £500 for insulation measures including loft, cavity or solid wall.
  • Up to £400 to replace an old boiler
  • Up to £300 for other measures recommended in the Green Deal assessment e.g. glazing, LED lighting, heating controls etc.

EST are currently developing an online application form which householders will be directed to rather than to the advice centre number. The form will go live on their website w/c 8th April 2013.

If householders want to find out how to apply (or find out more) about the scheme they can visit our website: www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/greenhomescashback or if they prefer to speak to one of our advisors they can call Home Energy Scotland free on 0800 512 012.

If you or your firm has engaged in promoting the EST Scheme, please ensure that any detail is updated with current scheme (e.g. online) content. Should you be interested in promoting the new Green Homes Cashback scheme, please contact EST and they will be glad to send you more information.                                                                                        
Contact:    Home Energy Scotland free on 0800 512 012 for more details

Green Deal Top Up Training - Scotland

March 2013

Update to Scottish Government FAQs on EPCs

The Building standards Division of the Scottish Government has updated it's EPC guidance and refreshed the FAQ list. Please take time to review this information to gain current information on the production requirements for EPCs.  EPC FAQ from BSD

February 2013

Non Domestic EPC Registration requirements

Important information for Non-domestic Certifiers
Following advice issued by the Scottish Government, on the of 25 January, a reminder has been received stating that the transitional period to enable switchover to updated Certifier software will end on Sunday 17 February 2013.
From Monday 18 February, all Certifiers are required to produce new non-domestic EPCs from data lodged to the Scottish EPC register

This means that if you use SBEM  you should produce your Non Domestic EPCs using v4.1e and lodge the EPC data to the EST Register.

January 2013

Non Domestic EPC Register for Scotland

The Non Domestic EPC Register for existing buildings Non Domestic EPCs in Scotland went live on the 28th January 2013. There was also a release of iSBEM v4.1e which is needed to facilitate the registration of your non domestic EPCs to the register. The Scottish EPC register will accept lodgement of XML for non-domestic building assessments for existing building (and for new buildings which are the subject of a building warrant applied for on or after 9 January 2013).

iSBEM v4.1e can be downloaded from this web link.

Scottish Government update to EPC FAQs

The Scottish Government has published an updated FAQ containing important and relevant information on the production and display of EPCs. You may wish to review this document using this web link.

Scottish Government update to EPC Sampling

The Scottish Government has published an updated brochure giving guidance on what practice is and is not acceptable to produce sampled EPCs. This is important information that you may wish to review this document using this web link.

Introduction of lodgement of EPC data to the Scottish Non-domestic EPC Register.

Amended ‘Go-live’ Date for the register

The Scottish Government, via the Energy Savings Trust has confirmed that the go-live date for the launch of the non-domestic EPC register will now take place on 28 January 2013 rather than 9 January 2013.

RdSAP Conventions v6.0 - Isue 6

The RdSAP Conventions (v6.0 – Issue 6) have been agreed and approved by the RdSAP Conventions Group. Membership of the group is open to all Accreditation Schemes as part of the on-going work to standardise the assessment process, and to ensure a uniformity of approach, that will assist Accreditation Schemes and Energy Assessors. The Group has been set up with the approval of DCLG.

These conventions must be applied by all accredited EPC Certifiers (and DEAs in England & Wales). This also applies to those assessors currently in training. To enable Accreditation Schemes, training providers and assessors to manage the implementation process successfully the conventions must be applied from 14 January 2013. These conventions will be included as part of future quality assurance checks of the relevant assessments you have undertaken and the Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) you produce, thereafter.

The conventions are designed to improve the quality and accuracy of EPC. The conventions will, therefore, supersede any previous assessment process. With this in mind, further conventions are being discussed and developed by the Conventions Group and these will be released in stages.  RdSAP Conventions v6.0 - Issue 6

December 2012

Non Domestic EPC Register for existing buildings

Existing Non Domestic EPCs will be required to be registered on the HEED database, operated by the Energy Savings Trust from 09 Jan 2013. It is important that you are prepared for this change to the process in which an EPC is produced and managed. Please review updates on the SBEM web site or other software providers that you use to produce your EPCs.

Green Deal

Another variant of SBEM will be used to assess non-domestic buildings for suitability for Green Deal loans when the policy is launched by DECC in October 2012. This version allows users to tailor the usage of the building to match its actual operation, to take account of actual metered energy consumption and to estimate the savings from packages of improvement measures. A pilot version can be downloaded from www.gdtool.bre.co.uk.

November 2012

The Energy Savings Trust has published details of their Green Homes Cashback Scheme.
For further details, please address all enquiries to the EST web via their web site or call 0800 512 012.

EST: http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/Take-action/Find-a-grant/Green-Homes-Cashback-Scheme

October 2012

BRE Green Deal Survey

Please feel free to participate in the BRE Scotland Green Deal survey. It's fast, free and user friendly.

Software update

Compliant software for Section 6 (Energy) it is important that you are using a compliant version of software. Check your version against the list published by the Scottish Government of approved software using this link

www.scotland.gov.uk/S6 Approved software

Software enquiries to produce an EPC for existing buildings should refer to this link

www.scotland.gov.uk/EPC Software

Introduction of the EPC Register and lodgment fees

New combined EPC register - update

The switchover to produce EPcs using RdSAP v9.91 and lodgement of data to the new combined register went live on 01 October 2012. Please note that the facility to capture non-domestic EPCs and SAP EPCs will be enabled from 09 January 2013.

Introduction of an EPC lodgement fee

The introduction of an EPC lodgement fee will be linked to the requirement to lodge EPC data to the new combined register. Accordingly:

  • the lodgement fee for domestic (RdSAP) EPCs will apply from 01 October 2012, with the switchover to the new combined EPC register.
  • the lodgement fee for all non-domestic EPCs and for SAP EPCs will be introduced from 09 January 2012.

The lodgement fee is set at £1.38 (£1.15 + VAT) for domestic EPCs and £6.43 (£5.36 + VAT) for non-domestic EPCs. VAT is currently payable at the standard rate of 20%.

Please note lodgement fees charged by the EST are additional to the standard Certificate fees. VAT is charged on the entire transaction at the prevailing rate.

September 2012

New Scottish EPC register - Introduction of lodgement fee in accordance with regulation 10A of the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008, as amended.

Following previous emails, Building Standards have confirm details on how the introduction of a lodgement fee for EPCs will be implemented. This contains detail on existing Non Domestic EPC fees that you should note.

New combined EPC register - update
Work is progressing to enable switchover in lodgement of RdSAP EPCs to v9.91 and lodgement of data to the new combined register from 1 October 2012 onward.

Please note that the facility to capture non-domestic EPCs and SAP EPCs will be enabled from 9 January 2013.

Introduction of an EPC lodgement fee
The introduction of the EPC lodgement fee will be linked to the requirement to lodge EPC data to the new combined register. Accordingly:

  • the lodgement fee for domestic (RdSAP) EPCs will apply from 1 October 2012, with the switchover to the new combined EPC register.
  • the lodgement fee for all non-domestic EPCs and for SAP EPCs will be introduced from 9 January 2012.

The lodgement fee is set at £1.38 (£1.15 + VAT) for domestic EPCs and £6.43 (£5.36 + VAT) for non-domestic EPCs. VAT is currently payable at the standard rate of 20%.

How will the lodgement fee be collected?
Domestic lodgement fees will be collected for October in arrears by collecting fees in early November. Domestic Certifiers should price their EPCs to include the lodgement fee w.e.f 01st Oct 2012.

Transitional arrangements
The system for collection of lodgement fees will not be in place for 1 October 2012. It is likely to be operational from early November 2012. Fees will be applicable to lodged RdSAP EPCs from 1/10/12 but will be collected retrospectively, once systems are in place. EST, as keeper of the register, will maintain a record of lodgement activity to enable this. There will be a single exercise to collect lodgement fees for this period, after which the payment of the fee will be addressed by a method advised to you by the Approved Organisation (EPC Scheme).

Energy Certification Schemes Summer 2012 Newsletter

Please review the newsletter which contains important detail of changes to how and when EPCs can be produced with effect from 01 Oct 2012.


Membership communications

The EPC Scheme will now only email those members who have an active live account with essential detail. This will help to avoid overloading members with information and highlight detail that may require an individual action. The EPC Scheme will undertake to minimise email traffic to only send essential detail as a reminder for important topics. The primary channel for membership updates for routine information will be the “Latest Updates” page on the BRE EPC Scotland web site. Members are encouraged to regularly review this site for detail and direction on EPC developments.
Occasionally, detail on relevant BRE services may be sent to alert the active membership to opportunities of interest.

Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 Section 63

The Scottish Government response to the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 Section 63 consultation can now be accessed online at: 


The framework set out in the above document clarifies how this and supporting functions may be achieved within the operating requirements of an AO appointed by Scottish Ministers.  It signals important changes to how and who can produce an EPC.
Key dates are  01 October 2012 and 09 January 2013 further detail will be issued to members of the BRE EPC Scheme in the near future. You can read the detail in the Framework using the web link at the foot of this article. Listed are some of the key headings.

The documented operating processes of each AO must address the following functions:

-       Integrity and operational resilience
-       Accreditation of energy assessor members
-       Administer the operation of energy assessor members
-       Maintain records to facilitate effective operation of the scheme and periodic audit
        by the Scottish Government
-       Audit by Scottish Government (this list also defines the functions of an Approved
        organisations subject to audit by the SG).

It is recommended that you review the document to be aware of the content and what action it requires of the Approved Organisation.
Maintenance of Membership

Continuity of membership is contingent on meeting the requirements of the EPBD (recast) and Framework requirements to demonstrate continued competence and compliance with the requirements of the EPC Scheme Document SD172 and subsequent revisions.

Important update for Scottish EPC Certifiers


The Scottish Government has issued advice regarding requiring that the energy performance indicator from the EPC must be stated in any advertisement in commercial media will come into force on 9 January 2013. 

Please take time to read the detail below and make the necessary adjustments to your certification practice to accommodate these changes. You may also wish to pass a copy of this information to your professional contacts to inform them of the changes impacting EPC production. The indicated changes to Scottish legislation which will impact on BREs EPC Scheme membership.  These relate to the provision of information on the energy performance of a building when it is offered for sale or rental.

Information on energy performance within advertisements in commercial media.
Article 12(4) of Directive 2010/31/EU the Energy Performance of Buildings introduces a requirement that, where an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required on the sale or rental of a property, the energy performance indicator from that Certificate must be stated in any advertisement in commercial media. 
This requirement will apply to all sale or rental transactions for which building owners are required to provide an Energy Performance Certificate under regulation 5 of the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2008/309/contents/made) Buildings types which are exempt from the need to obtain an EPC are set out in regulation 4 and remain unchanged.

Following a public consultation, the Scottish Government sought views on the level of information to be provided within the advert and also on the definition of “commercial media”.  Respondents were of the view that only the EPC banding was required for advert, e.g. EPC – C, and that a clear definition be provided for the term “commercial media”.  The consultation and Scottish Government response can be accessed at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/Building/Building-standards/publications/pubconsult 

In response to the consultation, the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment No. 2 Regulations 2012 - SSI 2012/208 have now been laid in Parliament.  This introduces the requirement for the inclusion of the energy performance indicator within advertisements from 9 January 2013.  These requirements are set out within a new regulation 5A, which includes a clear definition of “commercial media”, with enforcement powers conferred through new regulation 17A.  A weblink to the legislation is attached for ease of reference: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2012/208/contents/made

Requirement to provide recommendations report with an EPC.
Where an Energy Performance Certificate is produced, it is accompanied by a Recommendations Report offering further information and advice to building owners on their building and how it can be improved.  Previously, there was no requirement to make this document available.  From 1 October 2012, regulations require that both the EPC and Recommendations Report are made available to potential owners or tenants and provided to the new owner or tenant.  These provisions are set out in amendment to regulation 5, with enforcement powers conferred through existing provisions within regulation 14.

You should note that, as with the need to provide an EPC on sale or rental, these regulations imposes a duty on the building owner which, if not met, can result in enforcement action and the issue of a penalty charge notice by the local authority.

It is therefore essential that property professionals are aware of these requirements and the need for appropriate advice and action when appointed by a building owner.

Q & A on this topic

Q.     Please can you clarify whether properties already advertised & on the market before 9 January 2013 will require to  amend their property details to include the EPC rating? 

A.     All properties which are being advertised for sale or rent must display the Energy Indicator from 09 January 2013, regardless of the length of time the property has been listed.  What constitute 'advertisement in commercial media’ is defined in regulation 5A(3) of the amended Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations.

Q.     What is the situation with properties that have been on the market for a long time, e.g before the introduction of Home Reports – will they be required to get an EPC and display the rating? 

A.     An EPC for these properties should have been obtained for these buildings as, from 4 January 2009, the EPC must be provided to any prospective buyer or tenant. This applies to both dwellings and non-domestic properties.

Q.     Under what circumstances is an EPC not required for sale or rental?

A.      Regulations refer to definitions within Directive 2010/31/EU on the Energy Performance. In this respect,    a building is defined as “a roofed construction having walls, for which energy is used to condition the indoor climate”. In respect of building type (regulation 4), an EPC is not required for:

(a)     temporary buildings with a planned time of use of two years or less, workshops and non residential agricultural buildings with low energy demand; and

(b)     stand-alone buildings with a total useful floor area of less than 50m² which are not dwellings. In respect of rental, an EPC is not required on renewal of the lease of an existing tenant (regulation 5(4)).

 Q.     Exactly what information has to be displayed in the advert?

A.      Legislation (regulation 5A) requires that the advert “states the energy performance indicator for that building or building unit”.  It would be acceptable to simply include and identify the EPC band rating in the advert text, e.g. "EPC=C".  For dwellings, this refers to the Energy Efficiency Rating; for non-domestic buildings, the Building Energy Performance Rating. The amount of information provided in addition, including use of colour or typeface/size of the rating is discretionary.

Guidance to the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008

The web link below will take you to the above named guidance document. This is a relevant and useful resource to understand the responsibilities and roles relating to EPC production in Scotland.

Source:       http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/Doc/217736/0117388.pdf

August 2012

EPC Lodgment issues

To log technical issues with the Scottish EPC Register please send an email to scottishepc@est.org.uk.
For any HEED queries please email HEED@est.org.uk.

If you are having a problem logging onto the Quest system, please contact their helpdesk:
Tel. No 0844 8449969

June 2012

Advice for production of EPCs to support FiTS applications

The Scottish Government has issued the following guidence to all Approved Organisations, for use by their
members, after receiving a number of enquires in relation to the Feed-In Tariffs (FITs) scheme.  It is necessary to understand that this policy is not a devolved issued, responsibility for this lies with the Westminster Government with the Department for Energy and Climate Change being the lead Department. 

Guidance has been produced by DECC which can be accessed via the attached weblinks:-



Approved Organisation members may wish to note that queries on the energy efficiency requirement and solar PV are covered within Section 2 of the guidance.  You will see that DECC make it clear that decisions on eligibility for FITS are ultimately a matter for FIT licensees and Ofgem to make on receipt of the application for FITs.  This is not a matter that DECC can offer a view on.  That said, DECC can offer a view on the policy and Approved Organisation members are signposted to both Ofgem and DECC. 

Contact details for FITs queries are set out below:

FITS Helpline number - 0300 068 5733

Specific questions relating to compliance with FITs should be directed to:

                The FITs Compliance Manager
                Tel. No:  020 7901 3085
                E-Mail:   fitcompliance@ofgem.gov.uk

Onshore Renewables and Heat Team                               Building Standards Division
The Scottish Government                                                The Scottish Government
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Energy Performance Certificates for Existing Buildings - Your Questions Answered


EPC FAQs from Scottish Government

Please see below the link to to the Scottish Government's FAQ on EPCs.


Q.      If an EPC is produced with a Home Report and thereafter the new owner decided to rent out the property
         is a new EPC required, or can the original be used?     
A.      The original can be used – an EPC is valid for 10 years.       

Q.      Does a Landlord have to get a new EPC at each change of tenant?        
A.      No the same EPC can be passed from tenant to tenant - an EPC is valid for 10 years.    

Q.      EPC lasts 10 years and can be passed from tenant to tenant in that time – can it be passed from buyer
         to buyer?        
A.      Yes, an EPC is valid for a 10 year period.     


Q.      Does an EPC have to be provided in the case of Right to Buy, mutual exchanges and mortgages to rent?   
A.      Yes – an EPC has to be provided for all new sales and rentals to new tenants.  

Q.      A tenant shares the property with, say, her daughter who acts as a carer. The tenant dies and the
         daughter succeeds the tenancy, is an EPC required?   
A.      Yes – an EPC has to be provided for all new sales and rentals to new tenants.  

Q.      What are the timescales for producing an EPC i.e. before the start of the new tenancy or before the 
         house sale?        
A.      Where a building is to be sold or let the owner must make a copy of a valid EPC for the building
         available free of charge to a prospective buyer or prospective tenant. The intention is that the owner
         should obtain the EPC prior to offering the building up for sale or rental

Q.      How much time do we have to produce a copy of an EPC to hand to a new tenant? Does this need to be
         available at the entry date?        
A.      The intention is that the owner should be proactive in obtaining the EPC when putting the building up for 
         sale or rent. If the prospective buyer or tenant requests an EPC, then it is to be made available within 9
         days of the request or the owner may receive a Penalty Charge Notice.     

Q.      If an RSL lets a building to another RSL (building contains several flats to be sub-let by tenant RSL)
         does the landlord have to provide an EPC for each flat or building as a whole?  
A.      An EPC must be provided for each flat. 

Q.      If a local authority lease a property from a private landlord and use it for temporary homeless 
         accommodation (may/may not be over 12 weeks) who is responsible for arranging paying/display EPCs?     
A.      The local authority, as tenant to the private landlord, must be provided with an EPC. An EPC must be
         made available to any sub-tenants, the contact made with the building owner/local authority would have
         to be checked to establish who would have responsibility here.     


Q.      Is the 12 week period given in the guidance leaflet for emergency accommodation/holiday lets per 
         let or cumulative? If the latter, over what period of time?   
A.      Per let.       

Q.      Is there a ‘stock transfer’ exemption from EPCs?       
A.      Houses transferred under this type of arrangement are exempt from the Home Report, but not an EPC.
         EPCs have to be provided for each property for sale or rental.      

Q.      Will small/one bedroom flats be exempt if they fall below 50m2 floor area? What is therefore the
         definition of a ‘stand-alone building’?       
A.      EPCs must be provided for all dwellings regardless of size. The 50m2 threshold applies only to non
         domestic buildings and certain buildings ancillary to dwellings. A full definition  of ‘stand-alone
         building’ is given in the guidance contained within the Technical Handbooks      


 The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012

What is the relevance of the EPBD Amendment ?

The key message contained within the EPBD 2012 Amendment, which becomes effective from 01 Oct 2012, signals the requirement for one or more registers of energy performance data, from which the EPC & supporting documents will be produced. The range of data to be included in the production of the EPC will change, as will the method to generate it and its supporting documents.  In effect this means that new build and existing non domestic EPCs will be required to be lodged on the new registers. There will also be compulsory registration fees levied for each EPC produced. These costs are a universal direct charge by the register keeper.

Key areas mentioned in the EPBD 2012 amendment are:

  • Interpretation of Data
  • Recommendations Report
  • Registration of Certificates
  • Disclosures

You may find it useful to review the explanatory note which was distributed along with the The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012.

The links (below) are to the relevant EPBD legislation that govern production of Energy Performance Certificates.

Links to EPBD legislation:

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012

www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2012/190/EPBD 2012 Ammendment

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008

www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2008/389/EPBD 2008 Ammendment

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008

www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2008/309/EPBD 2008


May 2012

What is the Feed-in Tariff scheme (FIT)?

The Feed-in Tariffs (FITs) scheme was introduced on 1 April 2010, under powers in the Energy Act 2008.  The FIT scheme is a Government programme designed to promote the uptake of a range of small-scale renewable and low-carbon electricity generation technologies.  The scheme requires Licensed Electricity Suppliers (FIT Licensees) to pay a generation tariff to small-scale low-carbon (SLC) generators for electricity generated. An export tariff is also payable where electricity is exported to the national grid. The scheme is applicable to a range of technologies up to a maximum total installed capacity of 5MW.  Through the use of FITs,  DECC hopes to encourage deployment of additional small-scale (less than 5MW) low-carbon electricity generation, particularly by organisations, businesses, communities and individuals that have not traditionally engaged in the electricity market. This will allow many people to invest in small-scale low-carbon electricity, in return for a guaranteed payment from an electricity supplier of their choice for the electricity they generate and use as well as a guaranteed payment for unused surplus electricity they export back to the grid.

FITs work alongside the Renewables Obligation (RO) – which is currently the primary mechanism to support deployment of large-scale renewable electricity generation – and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which, when implemented, will support generation of heat from renewable sources at all scales.


FITS Helpline number Tel. No. 0300 068 5733

Specific questions relating to compliance with the SLCs and FITs should be directed to:

The FIT Compliance Manager

E-Mail:    fitcompliance@ofgem.gov.uk  
Tel. No:  020 7901 3085

April 2012

EPC Registration fee for existing buildings to come into effect from 01 October 2012

The registration fees mentioned in the article below will appy to existing building EPCs produced from 01st October 2012. Certifiers should ensure that they advise their clients and colleagues of this important development. The fee is being charged by the Scottish Government and will be additional to the Scheme fee and VAT. These charges will apply to both domestic and non-domestic EPCs. The fee will be in-line with that charged elsewhere in the UK (non-domestic properties £5.36 exclusive of VAT and domestic properties £1.15 exclusive of VAT). Please update your sales and customer information literature to reflect this development.


The Scottish Government has been published its response to the Consultation Document on:

(1) Introduction of an Energy Performance Certificate lodgement transaction fee, upon the creation of a database for Non-Domestic Buildings and

(2) Introduction of a transaction fee for the lodgement of Energy Performance Certificates for Dwellings on the Home Energy Efficiency Database (HEED)

The outcome of this consultation has important implications for Certifiers as demonstrated below. Please take the time to review the report and consider what action you should take to inform your clients and amend your systems to accommodate these issues. You can access to the full consultation response using this link: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0039/00391756.pdf

Section 63

Section 63: Energy Performance of existing non domestic buildings: Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009


EPC information to support Feed in Tarrif applications (FiTs)

The Scheme has been asked for guidence on FiTs EPC requirements. There is a comprehensive FAQ section on the DECC web site that should be a useful point of reference. In particular, Q. 10.

There is also a FiTs helpline - 0300 068 5733

DECC FiTs FAQ web site: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/meeting_energy/renewable_ener/feedin_tariff/fits_faqs/fits_faqs.aspx


February 2012

Green Deal and BRE Scotland

It is necessary to be a member of an existing Approved Organisation (EPC Scheme) in Scotland to be able to participate in Green Deal. BRE can offer access to Green Deal for those who wish to become Assessors. Installers have a different route which BRE can also assist you with. If you would like to be added to the Green Deal mailing list and receive free updates and information on  how you can take part, please e-mail your contact details to this address:  smithgk@bre.co.uk

Please include your name, contact number, e-mail address, Company name and if you want details on Assessors, Installers or other Green Deal updates.

January 2012

SAP Consultation

The consultation on SAP 2012 has now started.  You can access the Consultation documents from this link: www.bre.co.uk/sap2012

The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation consultation
Reference Number: 11D/886  - Open Date:  23/11/2011 Close Date: 18/01/2012

This consultation seeks your views on the details of the Green Deal and ECO policies that are to be implemented in secondary legislation and under the energy licensing framework. DECC would like to hear from as wide a range of stakeholders as possible including, in particular, those organisations with an interest in operating within the framework and members of the general public including those who might be considering investing in energy efficiency.

The Energy Act 2011 made provisions for the development of a Green Deal and a new Energy Company Obligation (ECO) to replace the existing Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP), which will both expire in 2012.

Green Deal is a market led framework that will allow individuals and businesses to make energy efficiency improvements to their buildings at no upfront cost. Central to the Green Deal is a finance mechanism that will allow access to the finance needed for the improvements with repayment, in instalments, attached to the electricity bill.

Underpinning the delivery of the Green Deal is the ECO. ECO will place one or more obligations on energy companies requiring them to generate a specific amount of credit by facilitating the installation of energy efficiency measures in homes in Great Britain before a set deadline. ECO has been designed to fit within the Green Deal framework and provide support, in the domestic sector, where Green Deal finance alone is not enough.

How to obtain the Consultation documents and respond:

isit DECC's web site at:http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/consultations/green_deal/green_deal.aspx

December 2011

Update to SBEM
The latest update to SBEM was released on 12th December 2011. V4.1d can now be downloaded from the NCM web site. Please follow the guidance from Building Standards Division on the use of the version of the software.

NCM web site - v4.1d details:  

Scottish Government S6 compliance advice:    


November 2011

Consultation on the creation of a Non Domestic EPC Register in Scotland

The Scottish Government has opened a consultation inviting responses on the introduction of an EPC lodgement transaction fee. It also asks for views on the creation of a database for non-domestic buildings EPCs and their lodgement on the Home Energy Efficiency Database (HEED). Please use the link below to access details of this consultation and to register your response.

Scottish Government consultation    http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2011/11/16154018/1

October 2011

Training funding

To find out if you are eligibile for a grant to part fund your training,  please review the detail on the Skills Development Scotland web site to determine if you qualify for this support. http://www.skillsdevelopmentscotland.co.uk/our-services/services-for-employers/training/low-carbon-skills-fund.aspx

Information from Building Standards Division

Upcoming Consultations

EPBD - A consultation on proposals to implement Directive 2010/31/EU which revises Directive 2002/91/EC on the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), will issue on 7 October and close for comments on 20 January 2012. The recast which was published on 19 May 2010 extends the scope of the original Directive, strengthens certain provisions, and provides clarification on several aspects. 

Section 63 -  The Climate Change (Scotland) Act- It is intended to publish the consultation on Section 63: Energy Performance of existing non domestic buildings on 7 October 2011with responses invited by
20January 2012.

Both consultations are now accessible at http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/Building/Building-standards/publications/pubconsult

September 2011

Building Standards Division

BSD new contact details
The new web link to the Building Standards Division web site is now: 

August 2011NCM2010 web site closedThe information that was found on the NCM2010 pages has been migrated to the main NCM web site. Software updates and downloads can now be found in one location using this link:


EPCs for New Buildings - Non Domestic


EPCs for New Buildings - Domestic 

June 2011

Watermarked Non Domestic EPCs in Scotland
A patch for SBEM v4.1c is now available to download that will remove the watermark for Scottish Non Domestic EPC's. Please review the guidance given on the NCM web site to download the patch.  http://www.2010ncm.bre.co.uk/download.jsp

Link to Scottish Government FAQ and advice on production of EPCs.

May 2011

SBEM helpline update

The SBEM Team very much regret that, with effect from Monday 9th May 2011, the SBEM Helpline will be temporarily closed, pending decisions on future funding. Enquiries about the use of the tool, the application of regulations and the results of the calculations can probably best be answered through other routes such as the User Guide, the Building Control department at your local council, contact with energy assessor accreditation schemes and/or Government bodies.
Source: http://www.2010ncm.bre.co.uk/page.jsp?id=4

April 2011

Important news for the production of EPCs for Domestic and Non Domestic buildings in Scotland.

The 17 April 2011 was the 'go live' date for introduction of the EPC function within both SAP 2009 and SBEM 4.1. From that date:


All EPCs for existing dwellings will require to be produced using the SAP 2009 version of RdSAP, to enable lodgement on the Home Energy Efficiency Database (HEED). A list of approved SAP software can be found on the BRE SAP webpages at: http://www.bre.co.uk/sap2009/, where the consolidated SAP 2009 document and a summary of RdSAP changes can also be found. The latter also summarises the minor reformatting of information presented within the energy report in Scotland.
Each software provider has been contacted by the Energy Saving Trust to ensure that the data transfer mechanism to HEED is tested and fully functional for the 'go live' date.

Non Domestic

All EPCs for existing non-domestic buildings should be produced using SBEM v4.1c, or other current Approved Software, as the current version of the NCM. Information on SBEM can be found on the BRE NCM website at: http://www.2010ncm.bre.co.uk/. A list of software approved for use in Scotland can be found on the BSD website at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Built-Environment/Building/Building-standards/profinfo/techguide/proftechS6software

If scheme members encounter any problems using the new software, they should contact their software provider in the first instance.

Important update on RdSAP Conventions (v4.0 - Issue 4)

There has been an update to the RdSAP conventions that are to be adopted from 17th April. Although issued by DCLG they apply throughout the UK. The conventions must be applied by 17 April 2011 and they will be included as part of future quality assurance checks of the assessments, and EPCs produced.

These conventions supersede any previous assessment process. With this in mind, further conventions are being discussed and developed by the Conventions Group and these will be released in stages. If you have any questions about these conventions, please feed them back to the Scheme so the issue you have raised, where appropriate, can be discussed at a future meeting of the Conventions Group. The conventions must be applied as issued, even if you believe there may be a Convention that requires further clarification, until such time as the Group have had the opportunity to discuss the issue you have raised in more detail. Any subsequent changes to the conventions will then be circulated.

The conventions are designed to improve the quality and accuracy of EPC.

RdSAP Conventions v4.0 - Issue 4

RdSAP - DCLG cover letter

4th March 2011: Patch 01 release for iSBEM_v3.5.b

Patch 01 corrects the duplication of reported recommendations in the Recommendations Report generated locally on the user's computer and allows the generation of EPCs with negative asset ratings.

Please visit the NCM web site to download the patch. http://www.ncm.bre.co.uk/download.jsp

February 2011

It is important that certifiers use the correct software to generate EPC's.
If you have any concerns over your software, please contact your supplier and obtain a written confirmation that you have the appropriate version for the EPC production. You can find out more about the software from this link: http://www.ncm.bre.co.uk/newsdetails.jsp?id=48

December 2010

Example Credit control templates for Certifiers to use.

SBEM software information

Please read the guidance on the Scottish Government's web site regarding the use of SBEM. This detail can change; therefore it is important to regularly review the source to ensure you are using the software version recommended by the Government. The web link to this detail is:


November 2010

Important news

A new version of SBEM has been released (V4.1 a). All Non Domestic Energy Certifiers should use the web link below, read the information relating to this software update and follow the advice to upgrade your software.

Information Regarding the Registration of Non-Domestic EPCs

Please follow this link to download the letter from BSD of Scottish Government  

National Gazetteer - Missing Address procedure

The address search functionality and UPRN provision services use the One Scotland Gazetteer as the source of address information.  The One Scotland Gazetteer (formerly Definitive National Addressing for Scotland) will be used as the master address list.  The Gazetteer has been developed in conjunction with the 32 Scottish local authorities.  Each of the 32 councils has developed a standard address list, a Corporate Address Gazetteer (CAG). These local gazetteers have been integrated together into a single database to form the One Scotland Gazetteer.  The Gazetteer can provide a Unique Property Reference Number (UPRN) for existing dwellings as well as those that are "not yet built".  The Gazetteer due to its design, scope and construction should be the most comprehensive address list for Scotland.  Address enquiry forms or automated emails should be
sent to:epcmissingaddress@est.org.uk  with a subject line of "NG Change Request - EPC".

Please follow this link for Data Change Request Form which you should complete and e-mail to the above mailbox. Scotland EPC Register missing addresss request form

Clarification of penalties over Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

The recent publication "Direction as to the Provision of Energy Performance Certificates for Existing Buildings" confirms that the requirement to produce an energy performance certificate on the sale or rental of an existing non-residential building is subject to a criminal, as well as civil, enforcement regime in Scotland.
The Direction allows local authorities to serve a building regulations compliance notice on building owners who have failed to affix an EPC to a building when the building is sold or let. If building owners fail to comply with the notice they are guilty of an offence which is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale (currently £5000). The powers set out in the Direction are only intended to be used in the event that, following a civil penalty charge notice being issued to a building owner under the EPC Regulations, the owner continues to fail to produce an EPC. Please also review the Guidance to the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008 from this web link:

Disclosure Scotland

All applicants to the Domestic EPC Scheme are required to supply a copy of a Basic Disclosure Scotland Certificate prior to being listed on the EPC Register. Certificates can be ordered online at:



EPC Certifiers Insurance requirements


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.


Charges for BRE Services 

Please note that membership fees only cover basic administration and entry to the scheme. BRE reserves the right to charge for technical advice, administrative services and business support. If your enquiry is other than routine membership information you may face additional charges. Please ensure you offer clear instructions and obtain an indication of costs before accessing a BRE service.

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