Country:United Kingdom
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2005
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments>Codes and standards, Information and Education>Performance Label>Comparison label, Information and Education>Information provision
Policy Target:Buildings
Agency:Department for Communities and Local Government

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is responsible for making sure buildings in the UK meet the standards required by the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The Directive requires that all properties (homes, commercial and public buildings) must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when sold, built or rented; larger public buildings over 500m² must display a Display Energy Certificate (DEC); all air-conditioning systems over 12 kW must be regularly inspected by an Energy Assessor. EPCs are produced by accredited energy assessors using standard methods and assumptions about energy usage. This means that the energy efficiency of one building can easily be compared with another building of the same type. This allows prospective buyers, tenants, owners, occupiers and purchasers to see information on the energy efficiency and carbon emissions from their building so they can consider energy efficiency and fuel costs as part of their investment. An EPC includes a recommendation report that lists cost-effective and other measures to improve the building’s energy rating. DCLG has also developed an EPC Adviser tool to help people assess how much money they can save and carbon they can reduce by making their homes more energy efficient; required domestic energy assessors to increase their skills so that they can provide a more effective service; improved the training for domestic energy assessors to help them provide an effective service; and opened up access to the EPC register of more than 11 million domestic EPCs by providing online access to individual EPCs and making all EPC data held on the register publicly available.

25 Energy Efficiency Recommendations Applied:Buildings, Building energy labels or certificates, Buildings

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