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Scottish property owners should consider efficiency now | 13 May 2013

Owners of commercial properties in Scotland have been urged to act now to future-proof their buildings ahead of new regulations set to come into force next year, silobreaker.com reports.

Under amendments to the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, the government is gearing up to make it compulsory for owners of large buildings to make them more energy efficient before they’re put up for lease or rent.

A similar act is set to be brought in across England and Wales, although not until 2018. This will mean that any building scoring an E or lower on its Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will need issues to be rectified before it hits the market.

With the deadline looming in Scotland, property owners have been urged to act now whilst they still have the time, or else risk lengthy void periods next year. This is especially true for portfolio owners who are unaware of their buildings’ energy performance, with assessments potentially taking a long time, especially if there is a rush on for surveyors.

Speaking to heraldscotland.com of the scheme, energy expert at efficiency advisers WSP, Dan Grandage, explained: “The quick wins are making sure your EPC is correct in the first instance [and] making sure there are no ridiculous assumptions or default values being used.”

The views expressed in this post are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Qube Global Software. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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