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The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2024

Overview

The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2024 mark a significant update to existing legislation, reflecting the ongoing push towards energy efficiency and sustainability in the building sector. With the UK government committed to reducing carbon emissions and improving energy utilisation in buildings, these new amendments are set to have a considerable impact on a range of businesses. In this article, we’ll dive into the details of these regulations, outlining their key requirements and implications for businesses.

The amendments to the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 aim to tighten the energy efficiency standards for new and existing buildings. This move aligns with the broader UK strategy to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. The amendments build on previous legislation, introducing stricter controls and efficiency requirements that promise to reshape the landscape of building management, construction, and design.

The key requirements of these Regulations include:

  • Enhanced Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs): The new regulations require that EPCs provide more detailed information on the energy consumption patterns and potential improvements in buildings. This measure aims to increase transparency and encourage building owners to implement energy-saving measures.
  • Stricter Standards for New Buildings: All new buildings must now meet higher energy performance standards, which are closer to the “nearly zero-energy buildings” (NZEB) concept promoted by the EU. This includes the use of renewable energy sources where feasible.
  • Regular Energy Audits for Commercial Buildings: Commercial buildings with a total useful floor area over 500 square meters must undergo an energy audit every four years to assess their energy consumption and identify efficiency improvements.
  • Introduction of Smart Meters and Automation Systems: The regulations stipulate the installation of smart meters and building automation and control systems (BACS) for new buildings and major renovations, to promote better energy management.
  • Increased Obligations for Renovation: When undergoing major renovations, buildings must upgrade their energy systems to comply with the current minimum energy performance standards, effectively ensuring that older buildings are brought up to near-new standards.

The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2024 came into force on the 24th of June 2024 and apply to England and Wales.

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Do the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2024 affect my business?

The implications of these amendments are broad and significant, particularly for the construction, real estate, and facilities management sectors:

  • Increased Construction Costs: For construction companies, the higher standards will likely mean increased costs associated with sourcing more advanced, energy-efficient materials and technologies.
  • Property Value Implications: Real estate owners might see a shift in property values. Buildings with poor energy performance might lose value, whereas those that comply with or exceed the new standards are likely to be more attractive to buyers and tenants seeking efficiency and sustainability.
  • Operational Changes for Facilities Managers: Facilities management companies will need to adjust their operations to comply with regular audits and possibly invest in new technologies for energy management, such as smart meters and BACS.
  • Compliance Costs: All affected businesses will incur costs associated with compliance, including the potential need for retrofitting buildings and training staff to manage new systems.

The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2024 represent a crucial step towards a more sustainable and energy-efficient future. While they pose challenges and increased costs for some businesses, they also offer opportunities through potential energy savings and incentives for early adoption of new technologies. Businesses across the construction, real estate, and facilities management sectors must now begin to prepare for these changes, ensuring they are well-positioned to comply with the new regulations and capitalise on the benefits of enhanced energy efficiency.

Do I need the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2024 in my ISO Compliance Register?

These Regulations will affect the following businesses:

  • Construction Companies and Developers: Must adopt new building practices and materials that comply with stricter energy performance requirements.
  • Real Estate Owners and Investors: Need to ensure their properties meet the new standards, affecting both their development strategies and property management practices.
  • Facilities Management Services: Must adapt to manage buildings with advanced energy systems and ensure compliance through regular audits and maintenance.
  • Small Business Owners: Especially those owning their premises, will need to consider the implications of the regulations if they plan to renovate or sell their property.

If this includes your business then we strongly recommend adding the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2024 to your ISO Compliance Register.

Legislation related to the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2024

Legislation related to the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2024 include:

  • The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012
  • The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008
  • The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016
  • Energy Act 2011
  • Energy Act 2023
  • The Building Regulations 2010

More information

Visit the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2024 article on the legislation.gov.uk website.

Create an account in the ISO Compliance Register App and this article to your Register (this is amended by the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2024).