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EPC deadline 'flexible', not delayed, says government

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The government has denied there will be any delay to the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), as reported today.

It had been claimed that all commercial buildings over 10,000m2 would be given a six-month reprieve from needing an EPC, which is to become a legal requirement on all buildings from 6 April.

However, the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) refuted the reports, adding that larger non-domestic buildings going up for sale or lease from 6 April, and smaller 2,500m2 buildings from July, will require EPCs as set out last November.

A DCLG spokesman said: ‘We are introducing some flexibility to fulfilling this requirement for those commercial buildings put on the market before the EPC requirement deadline, and which remain on the market afterwards.

‘For these buildings landlords can commission an EPC at point of sale or, at the very latest, October.’

The DCLG also rebuffed any claims of a shortage of assessors needed to provide the EPCs, adding: ‘We have more than 50 assessors, which we estimated as enough to meet demand’.

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