Two thirds of businesses unaware of new energy directive

Royal & Sun Alliance has warned that 90% of businesses could face fines of up to £5,000 next year as a result of the Energy Performance Buildings Directive.

A survey conducted by the insurer found that two thirds of businesses were unaware of the directive, which comes into effect in April.

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive will require property owners and landlords to provide energy performance certificates when they construct, sell or lease a commercial building.

The Directive will also the display of energy certificates for public buildings over 1000 square metres from October 2008, and regular inspections of air conditioning systems over 250KW from January 2009.

David Smith, Director of Construction, Power & Engineering at R&SA, said: “R&SA is working hard with its energy industry partner, Charterhouse Energy, to provide companies with the help they need to optimise their energy efficiency, be environmentally responsible and comply with the new regulations.”