The European Commission (EC) is currently redrafting the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and the consultation process in the UK is being led by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The key changes proposed are:
- A reduction in the threshold for the display of Energy Performance Certifi cates in public buildings from those premises over 1,000 square metres to those over 250 square metres
- Buildings over 250 square metres visited by the public to display an EPC (where one already exists)
- Minimum energy performance requirements for all existing buildings that undergo major renovation (currently this only applies to buildings over 1,000 square metres)
The EC intends that the new directive will be implemented by 31 December 2010 for public sector buildings and 31 January 2012 for other buildings. The UK Government is seeking a longer implementation timescale but is broadly supporting the proposed changes.
Real Estate Public Sector Partner Mark Lavers notes “The EC are clearly looking to public bodies to lead from the front in this area. It is worth keeping an eye on this consultation as the proposed changes would mean an increase in the number of buildings required to display an EPC, and another fi nancial burden for many public bodies.”
The consultation period ends 2 October 2009.