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New building energy regulations

EThekwini Municipality is currently implementing measures to comply with the new building energy regulations governing energy efficiency, which requires a formal assessment of building energy consumption.

As published in the Government Gazette on 8 December 2020, Energy Performance Certificates are now mandatory for the private sector, non-residential buildings with a total net floor area of over 2000sqm, and government buildings of over 1000sqm. Owners are required to display a certificate of the building’s “energy performance” at the building’s main entrance. The energy performance refers to the net energy consumed in kilowatt hours per square meter per year – including for heating, hot water heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting.

An energy performance certificate must be submitted to the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI). As an agency of the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy, SANEDI has been tasked with developing, hosting and maintaining a national Building Energy Performance Certificate Register in terms of these regulations.

Energy Efficiency Manager for the City Sindile Buthelezi said: “The Municipality and building owners must comply within two years; failure to do so is an offense in contravention of the Act and is punishable by law. Many people may not have heard about the new regulations, and what they entail however it must be highlighted that the responsibility lies with building owners to ensure that they are compliant with the regulations.” 

Buthelezi is available to guide building owners from eThekwini on the process.

With the law now in effect, building owners are required to obtain energy performance certificates within two years. Certificates are required when buildings are built, sold or rented. If a building contains separate units (for example a block of flats), each unit needs an energy performance certificate.

An energy performance certificate is a certificate issued by an accredited body in respect of a building in accordance with the South African National Standard SANS 1544: 2014. Energy performance certificates for buildings, published by the South African Bureau of Standards in terms of the Standards Act, 2008 (Act No. 8 of 2008), indicates the energy performance of that building.

For more information email Sindile.Buthelezi@durban.gov.za

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