Brear Associates Ltd appreciates that one of the most valuable services we can offer is to keep you informed of developments in the property market.
Brear Associates can now offer a full in-house service for clients requiring EPC's in Scotland. Having completed several hundred EPC's throughout England we can now extend that to buildings in Scotland. Assessors have to be separately qualified for EPC's in Scotland and England.
Moving? Your solar can move with you
Businesses will be able to take their solar panels with them when they relocate under proposed changes planned by government.
Businesses and factories will be able to take their solar panels with them when they relocate, allowing them to continue to reap the benefits of lower bills under proposed changes planned by government.
In a consultation launched today, the government is seeking views on removing a barrier for building-mounted solar PV by allowing medium and large installations to be moved between buildings without loss of Feed in Tariff payments.
With an estimated 250,000 hectares of south facing commercial rooftops – the equivalent of 350,000 football pitches - there is massive potential in the UK to turn our buildings into power stations, helping to cut energy bills, reduce pressure on the grid and create jobs.
Launching the consultation, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy, Amber Rudd said:
Around 900 businesses already use solar PV - but I want to see more generating their own electricity.
There’s potential for significant growth in this area so it’s vital that we remove the barriers which prevent businesses from benefiting.
If there’s more rooftop solar we’ll see job creation as well as helping us deliver the clean, reliable energy supplies that the country needs at the lowest possible cost to consumers.
Solar increasingly offers efficient and cost effective onsite generation opportunities to both businesses and domestic consumers.
At the moment if a FIT accredited installation is moved it becomes ineligible for further support. This can act as a significant deterrent to landlords and tenants who cannot guarantee to have the long-term ownership or lease of a building.
Allowing the panels and the tariff to move with their owner will increase flexibility and make solar PV a much more attractive investment.
The definition of building-mounted solar under the Feed-in Tariff will be amended to require the building to use at least 10 per cent of the electricity generated. In addition, DECC is introducing a 12 month grid delay grace period for solar PV projects when the Renewable
Obligation closes to 5MW plus schemes. This will provide extra time for accreditation in cases where grid delays cause the project to miss the 31 March 2015 closure date.
CHANGE OF USE FROM OFFICES TO RESIDENTIAL TO BECOME PERMITTED DEVELOPMENT
The Government have announced that the change of use of offices to residential use will become permitted development from this summer. The relaxation of the need for a Change of Use application
will run for a period of three years to see how the market reacts to the change. By relaxing the planning regulations, developers and property owners will be able to bring back into use the redundant
space above shops and secondary offices that cannot presently be let. With the demand for small offices at an all time low and with many small office suites sitting vacant this should see a return to
more residential units in town centres and help with the revival of town
centres in many market towns.
Building Regulation consent will still be required for the change of use and any other Planning implications such as listed building consent will still be required.
LISTED BUILDINGS NOW EXEMPT FROM ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATES
Further changes to the Energy Performance Certificate Regulations came into force from 9th January 2013. Listed Buildings are now exempt from the need for EPC's. This makes no sense at all as older buildings tend to be the ones with poor energy efficiency. Non listed buildings in a conservation area still require EPC's unless there are special reasons for an exemption.