Energy Performance Certificates
The Government has introduced Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) to help improve the energy efficiency of all buildings. From 1st October 2008, all non-domestic buildings on construction, sale and rent will require a Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (NDEPC) and a Recommendation Report (RR). This is being phased in from 6th April 2008 for buildings with a floor area of > 10000m². In July 2008, this will extend to buildings with a floor area of > 2500m².
By October 2008, all larger public buildings will require an annual Display Energy Certificate (DEC) highlighting their energy performance. This is to be displayed prominently in a place visible to the public. These buildings will also require an Advisory Report (AR) providing recommendations for energy improvements each seven years. Air conditioning systems first put into service on or after 1st January 2008 require an air conditioning inspection every five years from the date on which the system was first put into service.
Subscribers to the Members section of the FPM website can access a draft Display Energy Certificate Protocol in the Premises & Equipment Index of the Protocols Library. If you are not a Member, have a look at the information about the benefits of membership and how to subscribe.
- GOV.UK - Energy Performance Certificates for your business premises
- Commissioning.GP Article "GP Practices Must Show Display Energy Certificates"