Construction Industry Legislation Update from RSK

RSK provide Recipro and our users with up to date policy and legal changes regarding eco building, the environment, construction waste, health and safety and the UK construction industry as a whole – check out our previous RSK updates for more information.

The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 

Taking effect on 9 January 2013 and the EPC regulations revoke The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 and all the many amending regulations from 2007 to 2012.

Previously only buildings occupied by a public authority and over a certain size were required to display an EPC within the building. The definition of a public building will change from 9th January 2013 to mean a “building which is frequently visited by the public” and with a floor area greater than 500m2.  This means that any building frequently visited by the public will be required to display an EPC, not just those occupied by public authorities owners. When offering a property for sale or to let an EPC must be included in information in any advert for selling or letting the property.

EPC’s are required as a matter of course for buildings occupied by public authorities, depending on the floor area of the building.  Previously buildings with a floor area over 1,000 m2 required an EPC.  From 1 October 2012 buildings over 500 m2 required an EPC and from 9 July 2015 the limit will be 250 m2.

Exemptions from having to make available an EPC have been introduced for details see


SEPA consultation on landfill tax

This consultation seeks views on a proposed landfill tax for Scotland, so as to replace the existing landfill tax applicable to the entire UK when new devolved taxation powers (introduced under the Scotland Act 2012) enter into force from April 2015; responses are to be submitted via the Respondent Information Form by 15 January 2013. It is intended that the Scottish Government will introduce a Bill in spring 2013.


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