Changes to EPB Regulations Delayed

DCLG have formally written to schemes to tell them that they still propose to introduce changes to the EPB Regulations. However, they have confirmed that although they had aimed to bring most of these proposed changes into force on 1 July, this has not been possible and it is now their "intention to bring the changes into force as soon as possible." 

In summary, the proposed changes will cover:

  • extending the current requirements to commission an EPC that apply to residential buildings to all residential and non residential buildings when sold or rented out;
  • requiring that an EPC be provided with written particulars for all buildings sold or rented out and the option to attach the asset rating only will be removed. (This will involve a change to the EPC itself with that actual EPC being the first two pages of the total report. The remaining pages are the recommendations and will not need to be attached to the written particulars)
  • the requirement for the statutory lodgement of air conditioning inspection reports onto the central EPC Register

The document is dated 13th June and it would appear has been circulated in response to continued requests from schemes to provide clarification of the situation. The note does not give any information regarding a revised timetable for changing the regulations but NES understands that DCLG  is still waiting for clearance from the Regulatory Policy Committee to implement these changes.  

Brian Scannell, MD of National Energy Services and Chairman of PEPA, has written to Andrew Stunell the Minister responsible for EPBD implementation at DCLG requesting a meeting as a matter of urgency.  Brian Scannell said "We recognise that this news will be very frustrating for members and the industry in general.  From reseach we have carried out at NES, we know that in some sectors there are very high levels of non-compliance and we will be urging DCLG to introduce the changes at the earliest opportunity".

 

We had aimed to bring most of these proposed changes into force on 1 July, with the exception of the change described in paragraph 6 which would have taken effect in relation to properties marketed after 1st October 2011.
It has not been possible to introduce changes on 1 July, however, and it is now our intention to bring the changes into force as soon as possible.