Forty per cent of UK carbon emissions come from buildings.


Energy performance certificates in Glasgow will need to be submitted to the Scottish EPC Register from September - Source: Flickr / Amateur Photography by Michel / Creative Commons

From 1 September 2016, owners of buildings greater than 1,000 sq m (10,760 sq ft) will be required to provide an action plan when they sell or rent their property or part thereof.

They will also be required to ensure that energy improvement data, including the action plan and energy performance certificate (EPC), are submitted to the Scottish EPC Register.

These new regulations from the Scottish government should reduce energy use, emissions and running costs for larger commercial buildings.

However, landlords must be proactive. If they don’t act on these new regulations, they could begin to rack up significant fines.

Critically, Scotland acknowledges that energy efficiency is a national infrastructure priority.

Mat Lown, partner, Tuffin Ferraby Taylor