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Energy Performance of Buildings Directive

Volume 447: debated on Monday 12 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government if she will publish her Department’s latest response to the European Commission setting out a timetable for implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. (74436)

The European Commission has been notified that implementation of the technical requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is through an amendment of the Building Regulations. These measures came into effect on 6 April 2006. A copy of the Statutory Instrument and Transposition Note that sets out how these regulations implement the directive has been placed in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament.

There is a three-year derogation period, to apply fully the requirements in the directive for energy certificates and plant inspections. I expect to make a further announcement and to notify the European Commission soon about implementation of these procedural requirements.