Energy reporting now mandatory

by Ofentse Sefolo
Energy reporting now mandatory

Building energy performance reporting has become mandatory in South Africa, with the Department of Energy and Mineral Resources having gazetted into law the mandatory display of energy performance for non-residential buildings. Energy performance certificates must now be displayed at all private and public buildings. Certified copies need to be submitted to the South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), who will maintain a national building performance register.

The new law, which was gazetted on 8 December 2020, will force building owners to become more energy efficient within the next two years. The certificate, to be issued by an accredited body, refers to the net energy consumed in kilowatt hours per square metre per year. This includes heating, hot-water heating, cooling, ventilation and lighting, but excludes measured or assessed energy consumed by garages, car parks and storage areas as well as energy consumed by outdoor services.

All offices and private non-residential buildings larger than 2 000m² (schools, malls, theatres etc.) and government buildings larger than 1 000m² will have to comply with these new rules and regulations. Certificates will be valid for five years. Failure to comply and display the energy performance certificate is an offence in contravention of the National Energy Act and punishable by law.

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