Commercial EPC | Commercial Energy Performance Certificate
Commercial Energy Performance Certificate
Commercial EPC | All you need to know…
Commercial EPC | Energy Performance Certificates
Many commercial buildings in the UK require a Commercial EPC when it is constructed, sold or let.
The Commercial EPC is displayed in a similar way to that of a domestic property, with the energy rating shown on an A-G scale. As with a domestic EPC, a commercial EPC is valid for 10 years.
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Commercial EPC | Q&A’s
So what is a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)? Do I need one? What do they contain?
Commercial EPCs are our speciality, and we know our business in-side-out however lots of people have never even heard of a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate!
So here are some questions and answers to make you an EPC wizards….
What is a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates how energy efficient your building is using grades from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). The EPC is a guide that would-be buyers or tenants get when they look at a property. Much like the multi-coloured sticker on new appliances, EPCs tell you how energy efficient a building is and give it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient).
EPCs let the person who will use the building know how costly it will be to heat and light, and what its carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be. The EPC will also state what the energy-efficiency rating could be if improvements are made, and highlights cost-effective ways to achieve a better rating. Even if you rent your building, some improvements noted on the EPC may be worth implementing, such as switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs.
What does a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate look like?
When do you need a Commercial EPC?
You must have a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) if:
- You rent out or sell the premises
- A building under construction is finished
- There are changes to the number of parts used for separate occupation and these changes involve providing or extending fixed heating, air conditioning or mechanical ventilation systems
Who is responsible for providing the Commercial EPC?
If you are buying a commercial property then the person selling the property must provide your solicitor with a valid commercial energy performance certificate. If you are renting then the landlord or the letting agent must show you the EPC.
What does a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate contain?
- An Energy Efficiency Rating. A Commercial EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). It indicates the energy efficiency of the buildings fabric and the heating, ventilation, cooling and lighting system.
- Benchmarking. The rating is compared to two bench marks for this type of building: one appropriate for new buildings and one appropriate for existing buildings.
- Technical Information, including the buildings main heating fuel, floor area, building environment and building complexity.
When do I need to commission a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate?
All commercial properties that are sold or let must have a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) commissioned prior to, or within 7 days of being put on the market. There is a further 21 days allowed for the completion and acquisition of the Commercial Energy Performance Certificate after which time fines can be imposed.
When must you display an Commercial EPC Certificate?
You must display an Commercial Energy Performance Certificate by fixing it to your commercial building if all these apply:
- The total useful floor area is over 500 square meters
- The building is frequently visited by the public
- An EPC has already been produced for the building’s sale, rental or construction
What are the fines for non-compliance?
Please remember that you should organise your Commercial Energy Performance Certificate before you market your property.
You can be fined between £500 and £5,000 based on the rateable value of the building if you don’t make an Commercial Energy Performance Certificate available to any prospective buyer or tenant.
How long are Commercial EPC Certificates valid?
Commercial Energy Performance Certificates are valid for 10 years from when issued.
If you implement any of the energy efficiency recommendations outlined in your EPC, you may wish to get a fresh Commercial Energy Performance Certificate done to include these improvements.
How much do Commercial Energy Performance Certificates cost?
The cost of a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate will depend on the building being assessed. There’s no fixed fee for a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate, it depends on a number of factors including the properties size, type, use and location.
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What buildings are exempt from needing a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate
You don’t need a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) if you can demonstrate that the building is any of these:
- Listed or officially protected and the minimum energy performance requirements would unacceptably alter it
- A temporary building only going to be used for 2 years or less
- Used as a place of worship or for other religious activities
- An industrial site, workshop or non-residential agricultural building that doesn’t use much energy
- A detached building with a total floor space under 50 square metres
- Due to be demolished by the seller or landlord and they have all the relevant planning and conservation consents.
A building is also exempt if all of the following are true:
- It’s due to be sold or rented out with vacant possession
- It’s suitable for demolition and the site could be redeveloped
- The buyer or tenant has applied for planning permission to demolish it
How do I get a Commercial EPC?
You can only get a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) from a commercial energy assessor.
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