E-newsletter March 2020


E-newsletter March 2020

Dear Colleague

The PEPA Conference last week was well attended; it was good to see some of you there.
There was some good engagement with officials from MHCLG and BEIS. The item with most immediate effect was the news from MHCLG that the Landmark contract to operate the EPC registers is coming to an end. It is expected that the new register, to be operated by MHCLG as part of the gov.uk website, will go live on 12 June this year. 

This is a challenging project and we are monitoring it closely. The act of lodging a certificate should remain unchanged, but there will be some changes around the way some of the other services currently available through Landmark will work. We will let you know further details as they develop.

We hope you find this month's newsletter of interest.

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9-19 November 2020 | GlasgowThe 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference. It is scheduled to be held in Glasgow this year from 9 to 19 November under the presidency of the UK government.

There are a series of events being planned for the delegates for the evenings and we will be taking space at one of these. This will provide us with an opportunity to showcase what we do, and I am hoping that by we I mean individuals or companies certified by us.

I am writing to gauge interest from anyone that has an interesting project to show what we are doing in the Climate Change arena. This might be an LCC project, something driven by ESOS Regulations or an ISO 50001 project. This involves having/producing a project poster and having someone there on the night to talk about/answer questions on the project. There are no plans to recognise the best project, at the moment, this is simply an opportunity to present your company and to be there for the event. 

Interested in getting involved?

Please let me know in the first instance by emailing me at epc@cibsecertification.org putting COP26 in the subject line.

Shell and Core guidance/clarification
The past few months we have been receiving a significant number of queries on shell and core EPCs and we feel that some clarification is required on the matter. 
First of all, shell and core lodged EPCs are required in line with the EPC guidance document issued by MHCLG, page 21.

Please note that the lodged shell and core EPC is only required if the property is being sold or let as such. When modelling the EPC for these shell and core cases, the assessor will have to make assumption on the services not installed in the building yet. These assumptions must be based on the minimum requirements/values from Part L2A and the ND Building Services Compliance Guide in terms of efficiencies etc. and should not be extended so that the Criterion 1 is met (BER=<TER). This is the decision from the EPC Conventions Group and MHCLG as this is a requirement under the EPB Regulations, not a requirement under Part L2A for Part L compliance as a lot of assessors would think. This lodged shell and core EPC is used for the sale/lease transaction of the building or unit, not for Part L compliance. 

Under Part L2A paragraph 2.35, the requirement for a lodged EPC comes after the building is actually fitted-out for the first time and will effectively replace the shell and core EPC (if one was needed and issued in the first place).

Correct use of logos

We have noticed that quite a few of our registrants are still using old versions of the logos on their documentation and collateral.

For LCEAs the logos and guidance are available to download from the lodgement portal, all other LCCs, ESOS LA’s and HNC registrants can request them from us at epc@cibsecertification.org

Kind regards,

Professor Andrew Geens
BEng (Hons) PhD CEng FCIBSE
Head of CIBSE Certification Ltd