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Is there any guidance or information that confirms whether or not a waste transfer system would require an energy performance certificate, ie would a waste transfer system benefit from the exemption for industrial sites and workshops with low energy demands?

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Published on LexisPSL on 20/06/2019

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  • Is there any guidance or information that confirms whether or not a waste transfer system would require an energy performance certificate, ie would a waste transfer system benefit from the exemption for industrial sites and workshops with low energy demands?

Under the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 (EC Regs 2012), SI 2012/3118, an energy performance certificate (EPC) is only required when a building is constructed, sold or rented out.

A building is defined in EPC Regs 2012, SI 2012/3118, reg 2 as a ‘roofed construction having walls, for which energy is used to condition the indoor climate’. Services used to ‘condition the indoor climate’ include:

  1. heating

  2. mechanical ventilation

  3. air-conditioning

Certain buildings are exempt from requiring an EPC under EPC Regs 2012, SI 2012/3118, reg 5. This includes industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings that don’t use a lot of energy (EPC Regs 2012, SI 2012/3118, reg 5(1)(d)).

For general guidance, see Practice Note: Energy performance certificates (EPCs)—what are they and when are th

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