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Section 63 Audits
The Section 63 legislation was introduced in Scotland on 1st September 2016. This affects all commercial buildings over 1000 meters built prior to 2002. The Section 63 legislation becomes active when a building is sold or leased to a new occupier. They require the energy performance and greenhouse gas emissions of the property to be assessed.
The assessor will then provide a Section 63 Action plan which will consider the impact on the environment and the financial impact on the property-owner. Property owners must complete the advised improvements within a set timescale. Failure to do this or failure to provide an Action Plan upon sale or rent could result in a fine of £1000 for each failure. Section 63 Audits are in addition to Energy Performance Certificates (EPC).
What is a commercial Section 63 Assessment?
If your property is above 1000m² floor area, and was built before 2002, then it possibly falls under Scottish Section 63 Legislation. This new legislation means that as well as a energy perfomance certificate, the building owner is also required to prepare a section 63 action plan to outline their targets for energy and emissions savings. This audit should be prepared by a trained, and accredited commercial EPC assessor. At Energy Cert Scotland our experienced assessors can help ensure that you meet current legislative requirements.
Do I need a Section 63 Assessment?
You will likely need a section 63 Audit if your property is over 1000m² in size and was built prior to 2002. Get in touch to find out more.
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Section 63 Audit FAQs
Everything you need to know about Section 63 Audits:
What is a Section 63 Audit?
A Section 63 Audit is to meet regulations under Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009- The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016. An Action Plan must be produced, which sets out targets to ensure the building meets the regulations.
Who can produce an Action Plan?
A Section 63 Assessor will produce the Action Plan. This is someone competent in property assessment and able to provide improvement advice to building owners.
Who needs a Section 63 Audit?
Owners of non-domestic buildings over 1000m2 need a Section 63 Audit during the sale or lease of their property. They must ensure their property has been assessed and that there are steps in place to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This is exactly what the assessment will provide.
When did this come into place?
The new regulations came into force in Scotland from 1st September 2016.
I already have an EPC, do I still need a Section 63 Audit?
Yes, you still need a Section 63 audit if you have an EPC. The audit is an additional requirement.
Do I need to make the suggested improvements?
Agreed targets and improvements must be made within 42 months of the initial Action Plan. If the owner does not want to make the improvements within that time scale, they can be deferred by lodging a Display Energy Certificate (DEC). This must be lodged annually until the improvements are carried out and completed.
What happens if I do not have a Section 63 Audit?
Failure to provide an Action plan upon sale or rent, or failure to complete improvement works within the required timescale, could result in a £1000 fine for each failure.