An Introduction To Energy Performance Certification

The owner of the building (or managing agent) is responsible for ensuring that a Commercial EPC is in place before the building is sold or rented. All new or renovated buildings also require Commercial EPCs upon completion.

What is a Commercial EPC

A Commercial EPC is used to provide a rating for how energy efficient a commercial building is from A to G rating (A being the most efficient). It is calculated using SBEM methodology and must be produced by an accredited Commercial Energy Assessor.

A Commercial EPC is needed if a property is being sold or rented, has undergone considerable renovation, has been subdivided into separate units. Note, each separate unit will require an individual EPC for the purposes of sale or rental.

Failure to comply with required legislation can result in a fine from between £500 to £5000.

There Are Exceptions

Not all buildings require a Commercial EPC, these buildings are classified as exempt. These include buildings that are planned for demolition, stand-alone units less than 50m2, places of worship and agricultural buildings with less than four walls (barns etc).

Another exception is if the building is being sold with intention of being rented or possessed while vacant. This would mean that the new owner is responsible for obtaining a Commercial EPC when they are planning to rent out or occupy the units. This removes the responsibility from the individual selling the property. Once again, documentation will need to be produced and inspected before the sale is approved.

Finally, buildings used as places of worship, for non-energy intensive business dealings, and as single family accommodations will not need an EPC.

Multiple Certificates Can Be Required for a Single Building

If there are multiple retail units or offices in a single building then each unit will require it’s own Commercial EPC. Most assessors will be able to offer a discount on pricing for multiple units and will also be able to register both main and subaddresses on the lands registry.

If you are selling or renting a property, you must be able to produce a Commercial EPC as soon as the property is marketed. This will allow potential tenants or buyers to make an informed decision. If you are unable to provide an EPC at the time of viewing, you may find yourself with a hefty fine.

Anyone who doesn’t get an EPC before they sell or lease a building can find themselves being fined a minimum of £500 to a maximum of £5000

A Commercial EPC is quick and simple to obtain and gives you and any potential buyers or tenants the information needed to make an informed decision about their future purchase or tenancy.

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