10th May 2023
The Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy has, under section 19(1)(b) of the National Energy Act, published regulations for the mandatory display and submission of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for buildings in Notice 700 of Government Gazette 43792 of 8 December 2020.
EPCs are now mandatory for private, non-residential, non-industrial buildings with a total net floor area of over 2000sqm, and government buildings of over 1000sqm. The due date to comply with the mandatory government regulation is the 7th December 2025 (extended date) which effectively leaves landlords and property owners with just over two years to obtain and prominently display an EPC in the foyer of their building. Landlords who fail to comply risk a possible fine of R5 million, five years imprisonment or both, as defined in the mandatory regulations gazetted on 8 December 2020.
“The EPC must be displayed at the building’s main entrance; and must be submitted to the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). EPCs are used in many other countries. South Africa is the first African country to make EPCs mandatory.” – Barry Bredenkamp (SANEDI)
The primary objective in obliging building owners to obtain EPCs is to make them aware of their energy consumption and encourage them to be more energy efficient if their EPC rating is poor i.e., Levels E to G.
Our Track Record in Energy Performance Certification implementation in South Africa
To date GreenBDG has already implemented Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for Commercial Property Owners in South Africa and by guiding and mentoring SANAS-accredited inspection bodies.
The South African Department of Minerals and Energy (DMRE) has a plan to improve the energy efficiency of public sector buildings starting with EPCs in order to provide a baseline for energy efficiency projects through the mentorship of Energy Service Companies (EsCos). EsCos are widely seen as a main player on implementing end-to-end energy efficiency projects, including EPCs.
Government owned buildings which are estimated at 100 000 will also need to comply with the EPC reporting deadline of 7th December 2025.
Green Building Design Group is a Tier 1 Energy Services Company (EsCo) as registered on the SANEDI and DMRE database. The EsCo team comprises a SANAS-Accredited Inspection Body (EPC0019), Energy Auditors, Technical Assessors and trained EPC Practioners which were trained through our foundation, GreenBDG NPC. We employ Certified Measurement and Verification Professionals (CMVP®), Certified Energy Managers (CEM®), engineers, and consultants who apply their extensive experience to provide value to clients.
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Green Building Design Group
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