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new EPC requirements – your follow-up questions answered...

14 January 2013

I’ve had a number of queries from retailers requesting further information to my blog last week on the change in EPC regulations. Accordingly, I thought it might be helpful just to highlight a couple of the favourites:

  • What is the meaning of “total useful floor area”?
    Regulation 2 of the 2012 Regulations states that it means the gross floor area as measured in accordance with the current RICS guidance. The good news is that you won’t need to worry about re-measuring anything because this floor area is already stated on the EPC itself.
  • What happens if we don’t?
    There is apparently no sanction for not displaying the EPC at the moment. However, commentaries suggest that this may well be an oversight in the drafting and may change – which, together with potential PR implications, may encourage retailers to comply!

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