A Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is an energy survey that defines the energy efficiency of a building or commercial premises. The ratings for a commercial EPC start at G, the least energy-efficient evaluation, and go up to A, for a building which is the most efficient.
Across the country, there is a wide range of commercial premises from offices housed in Victorian and Georgian buildings to warehouses that are poor when it comes to energy efficiency.
Any premises built recently comply with stringent standards. Our job is very varied and interesting as we survey all kinds of properties from small corner shops to large manufacturing units and public buildings.
Why do I need an EPC?
EPCs were initially introduced by a European Directive (Directive 2002/91/EC – EPBD) to increase efficiency across all member states.
Like all other countries across the world, energy consumption is increasing, as are CO2 emissions. The challenge remains to reduce harmful emissions that are a by-product of energy production and to ensure, in the medium and long-term, that our energy supplies are secure and viable.
EPCs were introduced as a method of assessing the energy performance of buildings in particular; heating, cooling and ventilation.
The set of standards provide a minimum for new buildings and improvements to large buildings. Energy Performance Certificates show the current level of performance of a building and, for public buildings, these certificates (DECs) have to be displayed.
The certificates include suggested improvements for energy efficiency on insulation, heating, lighting, ventilation and cooling systems. They also raise awareness for the occupier of the building and alert the landlords to the energy efficiency of their properties.
Do I need a commercial EPC?
If you rent or sell commercial premises or, if the property has been recently constructed, then an EPC is a legal requirement. The EPC will provide the tenant, or prospective buyer, with updated information on the energy efficiency of the premises.
How long does a commercial EPC last?
A commercial EPC is valid for ten years from the time when it is registered. Any new EPC would replace the original, and buildings can only have one valid EPC.
If the property is updated or has a significant change, ie an extension, changes to the fabric or other modifications, a new EPC should be produced.
The reasons a Commercial EPC is not required
When the building is a non-public existing building and not exchanging ownership or occupancy.
If the property is primarily used as a place of worship
When the building is a temporary structure with a lifespan of less than two years.
If the building is a barn or agricultural building with no HVAC system, it could be exempt.
Standalone buildings with a floor area of less than 50 square metres
Protected buildings with a designated environmental or historical status.
The benefits of having a commercial EPC
The domestic market and the commercial market are now assessed more so than in the past. This increased transparency makes it easier to compare properties.
With rising energy prices, the costs of running a building are considerable, and therefore making sure your premises have a good energy rating is likely to place you in a better position when leases come up for renewing or, when renting your buildings.
Commercial buildings are more energy-hungry during the day as there are more machines to run and ventilation to consider. It is vital, therefore, to know how well your properties are performing, especially in a competitive area where business rates and rent are high.
Do you need a Commercial EPC?
If you would like to talk further, please contact us for details. Prices start at £150 including the Lodgement Fee but will vary dependent upon the size of your building and number of zones.
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