Scotland: New energy efficiency rules for commercial properties

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Scotland: New energy efficiency rules for commercial properties


Owners of commercial properties in Scotland with floor areas over 1000 sqm must now identify energy efficiency opportunities for their properties before they can be leased or sold, according to new regulations.

The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016 came into force on 1 September 2016.

These new requirements are in addition to providing a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

When a property in this category is to be sold or leased, the owner must produce an Action Plan.

Action Plans should include improvement targets for the building’s energy and carbon performance, as well as measures to meet those targets.

Seven main energy efficiency measures are eligible under the scheme:


  • Upgrading lighting controls
  • Upgrading heating controls
  • Upgrading low energy lighting
  • Replacing a boiler over 15 years old
  • Installing an insulation jacket to a hot water tank
  • Installing insulation in an accessible roof space
  • Installing draught stripping to doors and windows


Following the creation of the Action Plan, the owner can choose to either make the improvements within a 42 month compliance period or, provided the action plan states that operational rating measures are to be implemented, defer the improvements by using a display energy certificate to report annually on operational energy ratings (the energy consumption associated with the use of the property).

Once improvements have been carried out, the owner must arrange for an Energy Performance Certificate to be issued alongside a document that confirms the completion of the measures.

They must also provide a copy of the plan to the buyer or tenant free of charge.

Some categories of buildings and transactions are exempt, but many commercial building owners are said to be unprepared for the new rules.


How Envantage can help

Are you looking for an effective way to comply with the new regulations, or have questions about the rules?

Envantage has extensive experience with regulatory compliance, energy action plans, efficiency measures, and Energy Performance Certificates.

Speak to one of our consultants today for advice, by calling Envantage on 0800 054 2577 or emailing


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