A consultation setting out proposals to reform domestic and non-domestic energy performance certificates has been opened by the Scottish Government.
It feels the ratings currently used are not strident enough to drive improvements and meet legally binding targets to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.
Energy Performance Certificates are one of the few pieces of information available which helps people understand the performance of their building. However, the Holyrood government claims the metrics, ratings and format are now deemed not suitable to keep pace with demand and help drive ongoing progression regarding energy usage.
The proposals from the SNP-Green administration include plans to reform metrics, the purpose and validity period of EPCs, the document format and quality assurance procedures.
The consultation comes ahead of revised Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations due this coming winter. This would mean that any revised EPCs would come into force shortly afterward.
This timeline is intended to allow reformed EPCs, with metrics that appropriately reflect the performance of buildings to be in place in advance of wider Heat in Buildings Regulations which are planned for Scotland for 2025.
Now Propertymark is set to discuss the issue at its Scottish National Conference in October.
The trade body says its programme of activity north of the border includes a a representative from the Heat in Buildings Regulation Unit presenting on the Scottish Government’s plans at the Scottish National Conference.
This takes place on October 12 at the Golden Jubilee Conference Hotel in Glasgow.
Nathan Emerson, Propertymark chief executive, comments: “Propertymark welcomes continual evaluation and improvement across Energy Performance Certificates and any updated format must drive improvements and bring new levels of user value. Whilst we understand the Scottish Government wants to reach net-zero, attention must be paid to ensuring information contained is clear and concise to allow users to gain the very best understanding.”