Energy: Performance Certificates

House of Lords written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Lord Taylor of Warwick Lord Taylor of Warwick Conservative

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Why they are not implementing energy performance certificates until September.

Photo of Baroness Andrews Baroness Andrews Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities and Local Government)

In England and Wales, energy performance certificates (EPCs) have been required for all dwellings put on the market since 14 December 2007. In accordance with the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 as amended, from 6 April 2008 EPCs will be required for newly built dwellings and on the rent, sale or construction of non-domestic buildings larger than 10,000 square metres. The requirement to have an EPC will be rolled out to other commercial buildings and rented dwellings during 2008. Details are set out in the table below. There are no plans to implement EPCs in September.

Description Date of Introduction
New Build Dwellings 6 April 2008
Rent, sale or construction of commercial buildings over 10,000 square metres 6 April 2008
Rent, sale or construction of commercial buildings over 2,500 square metres 1 July 2008
Rent, sale or construction of commercial buildings—all other 1 October 2008
EPCS for rented dwellings (social and private) 1 October 2008

In Scotland, energy performance certificates were introduced for all new construction (dwellings and non-dwellings) for which a building warrant application was received by the local authority on or after 1 May 2007. EPCs for all other buildings will be introduced as follows:

Description Date of Introduction
Dwellings subject to a single survey 1 December 2008
Sale or rental of all other buildings 4 January 2009

In Northern Ireland it is anticipated that EPCs will be required as follows:

Description Date of Introduction
Sale of existing dwellings Early summer
Construction of new buildings Autumn
Sale or rent of all other categories of building End of 2008

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