Analysis from property consultancy Tuffin Ferraby Taylor finds up to 70 per cent of commercial building owners yet to complete required energy efficiency plan
Commercial property owners in Scotland are unprepared for a new set of energy efficiency regulations set to come in later this year, a property consultancy has warned.
The regulations will require owners of buildings larger than 1,000 square metres who sell or rent out their property to provide an Action Plan laying out measures they will take to improve the energy performance of the building and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They are also required to submit energy improvement data to the Scottish Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) register.
But new analysis, released last week by property consultancy Tuffin Ferraby Taylor, found that around 70 per cent of those required to complete Action Plans have yet to do so.
While property owners still have time to complete the plans before they come in on 1 September, the consultancy warned that landlords who fail to comply with the regulations could face enforcement action from local authorities.
“It doesn’t happen in hours and weeks – it takes time to assess the building, look at energy output,” a spokesperson for Tuffin Ferraby Taylor told BusinessGreen. “So really what we’re saying to commercial property landlords, the time to act is now.”
Mat Lown, head of sustainability and a partner at Tuffin Ferraby Taylor, said that while new regulations offer an “enlightened” approach to energy performance, those who fail to act could face hefty fines.
“Forty per cent of UK carbon emissions come from buildings,” said Lown in a statement. “These new regulations from the Scottish Government should reduce energy use, emissions and – importantly – running costs for larger, commercial buildings. However, landlords must be pro-active so they don’t fall foul of local authorities.”
The Scottish Government last year pledged to make improving the energy efficiency of all of Scotland’s buildings a national infrastructure priority. In its manifesto ahead of the Scottish parliament elections earlier this month, the SNP said it is developing an ambitious and long term energy strategy that will take a “whole system view” which will encompass demand reduction, energy efficiency and a “balanced” energy generation mix. The SNP has decided to form a minority government after it failed to secure a second majority at the elections on 6 May.