A new set of energy performance regulations came into force on 9 January 2013 (Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012).

They incorporate changes made to the underlying Energy Performance Directive that also recently came into force.

Most of the underlying provisions as to when Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are needed appear to be unchanged. However, there are some new provisions which are as follows:

  • a requirement for property advertisements to include details of the EPC rating where available;
  • removal of the requirement to attach the front page of the certificate to any written material;
  • exempting listed buildings from the need to have a certificate on their sale or rent;
  • extending the current requirement for a display energy certificate in large public buildings, to public buildings above 500m²; and
  • introducing a requirement for a certificate to be displayed in commercial premises larger than 500m² that are frequently visited by the public and where one has been previously issued.