What Is the Energy Performance Buildings Directive?
The EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) was introduced in the UK back in January 2006. It is the European Union’s main legislative instrument aiming to double the annual energy renovation rate of buildings by 2030.
What Is Required to Follow EPBD?
As a reminder for you if you are involved with commercial property projects, there are two sections of the energy performance buildings regulations which affect commercial property:
1. Energy Performance Certificates
2. EPBD Air-conditioning Inspections
The important dates to note from this directive are that from October 2008, Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been mandatory upon construction, sale, or rental of any non-domestic building, whether new or existing.
From 4th Jan 2011, EPBD Air-conditioning Inspections have been required for all buildings where the total air-conditioning capacity is over 12kW.
A new user of a system must have in their possession a copy of a current Air-conditioning report within 3 months of taking over a system.