A Section 63 Audit is to meet regulations under Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009- The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016.
An Action Plan must be produced, which sets out targets to ensure the building meets the regulations.
Who can produce an Action Plan?
A Section 63 Assessor will produce the Action Plan. This is someone competent in property assessment and able to provide improvement advice to building owners.
Who needs a Section 63 Audit?
Owners of non-domestic buildings over 1000m2 need a Section 63 Audit during the sale or lease of their property. They must ensure their property has been assessed and that there are steps in place to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. This is exactly what the assessment will provide.
When did this come into place?
The new regulations came into force in Scotland from 1st September 2016.
I already have an EPC, do I still need a Section 63 Audit?
Yes, you still need a Section 63 audit if you have an EPC. The audit is an additional requirement.
Do I need to make the suggested improvements?
Agreed targets and improvements must be made within 42 months of the initial Action Plan.
If the owner does not want to make the improvements within that time scale, they can be deferred by lodging a Display Energy Certificate (DEC). This must be lodged annually until the improvements are carried out and completed.
What happens if I do not have a Section 63 Audit?
Failure to provide an Action plan upon sale or rent, or failure to complete improvement works within the required timescale, could result in a £1000 fine for each failure.