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New energy performance certificate regulations publis

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The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/2452) have been published. They come into force on 6 April 2012 and amend the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/991).

The key changes are:

  • An energy performance certificate (EPC) is required on marketing for all properties.
  • Written property particulars must include a copy of the full EPC. It is no longer possible to include only the asset rating.
  • Air conditioning reports must be registered.

The changes relating to written particulars will apply to properties marketed on or after 6 April 2012. However, residential properties that are marketed shortly prior to 6 April 2012, can continue to benefit from the longer time periods for obtaining an EPC.

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