New energy performance certificate (EPC) requirements from 9 January 2013

3rd January 2013

Following a recast of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive in England and Wales, the government has announced important changes to the requirements regarding energy performance certificates (EPCs), effective from 9 January 2013.

Briefly, the main changes are as follows:

  • It will no longer be necessary to attach the front page of the EPC to particulars;
  • Property advertisements to include details of energy performance certificate rating where available;
  • An EPC certificate will no longer be required for listed buildings; and
  • There are also changes to the requirements for the display of certificates in certain commercial buildings.

The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) provided a set of guidance documents that may be read here –

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