The EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) aims to promote improvements in the energy efficiency of buildings. Buildings consume 40% of energy in the EU and it is thought that this can be greatly reduced by implementing energy efficiency strategies Europe wide. The directive became European law on 4th January 2003 and the Building Regulations have been updated several times since to remain compliant with the EU directive.
The Energy Performance Certificate is one such measure being introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of our buildings. It is part of a program of work being rolled out across Europe to reflect current legislation. Other changes require larger public buildings to display certificates showing the energy efficiency of the building and requiring inspections for air conditioning systems.
All buildings in England and Wales whenever sold, built or rented need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Display Energy Certificates for public buildings are also now required.
Energy Performance Certificate are required on construction of new homes whether rented, bought or sold.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been for all commercial buildings, whenever built, rented or sold will need one.
Display Energy Certificates
Display Energy Certificates are required for public buildings occupied by a public authority and institutions providing a public service with a useful floor area over 1,000m2. Display Energy Certificates are valid for one year.