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Energy Performance Certificates & Air Conditioning Inspections

Energy Performance Building Directive

Provisions under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2002/91/EC (EPBD) were introduced in Scotland between 2007 and 2009 to promote the improvement of the energy performance of buildings. The key aspects of this Directive were the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates and Inspections of Air-Conditioning Systems, as well as the provision of advice on boiler efficiency. The EPBD has been transposed in Scotland through Building Standards legislation (EPCs for new buildings and inspection of air-Conditioning systems) and the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (EPCs for existing buildings).

Guidance on the measures implemented under the Directive can be found through the 'related information' links on this page.

Energy Performance Building Directive (recast for 2013)

In May 2010, a recast of the original Directive was published.

The recast of the Directive is intended to clarify, strengthen and expand the transposition, by Member States, of the original Directive.

Transposition of the principle Articles of the recast Directive require to be made before 4 January 2013. The Scottish Government proposes to consult on the implications of the recast in September 2011. As a precursor to consultation, discussion on the transposition of the original Directive, the implications of the recast and initial views of the Scottish Government on action required can be found within the following BSD circular.