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This content is not being updated. The latest Scottish Government policy on building standards can be found on https://beta.gov.scot. Current Building Standards technical handbooks are still in the Technical Guidance section on this website.

EPC Software

Detailed information on current approved software for use in the provision of EPCs in Scotland can be found on the Section 6 software page. Other than specific exceptions for older applications for new buildings, all EPCs must now to be produced from data lodged to the Scottish EPC register. 

EPCs for existing dwellings

As of 1 October 2012, all RdSAP assessments for existing dwellings are required to be lodged to the Scottish EPC register through use of software which implements RdSAP v9.91. Accordingly, any EPC for an existing non-domestic building where the date of assessment is 1 October 2012 or later must be produced from data lodged to the register.

EPCs for existing non-domestic buildings

As of 18 February 2013, all assessments of existing non-domestic buildings are required to be lodged to the Scottish EPC register through software which implements SBEM v4.1e and can produce XML output for lodgement. Accordingly, any EPC for an existing non-domestic building where the date of assessment is 18 February 2013 or later must be produced from data lodged to the register. 

EPCs for new buildings

Where a new building is the subject of a building warrant applied for on or after 9 January 2013, the EPC produced on completion must be produced from data lodged to the Scottish EPC register.  For buildings with a building warrant applied for before this date, an EPC may still be generated by approved software (note that such EPCs will follow the 2012 certificate format and not contain a report reference number). 

Where EPCs are produced from data lodged to the register, lodgement of data requires use of  software which implements the current edition of SAP or SBEM.

Where an EPC can be produced from approved softwares, as noted in paragraph 11 of the NCM Modelling Guide for Scotland, Non-domestic EPCs for existing buildings may still be generated using the previous approved version of software for one month from the above date.