Under Legal Notice 47 of 2018, a building is defined as a residential or commercial property where heating and/or cooling is used. Private car garages that are standalone structures and not attached to a habitable or conditioned building are exempt from requiring an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). These garages are considered non-habitable and un-conditioned spaces used solely for parking personal vehicles.
It’s important to note that public or commercial garages require an EPC as they are classified as buildings and used for commercial purposes. An EPC provides information on the energy efficiency of a building, including its energy consumption, CO2 emissions, and recommendations for improvements.
In summary, standalone private car garages do not require an EPC certificate, while public or commercial garages do. Obtaining an EPC for a commercial garage can help identify areas where energy consumption can be reduced, leading to cost savings and environmental benefits.