EPC for non-domestic properties – all you need to know

EPC non-domestic property

What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

An EPC for a non-domestic property will show the energy performance of the building, and its grade between A+ to G (A+ being the most efficient).

Properties are assessed on the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) likely to be emitted, from under 0 (which is net-zero) to over 150 (the least efficient). Properties are scored on this amount.

There are 5 main sections to a non-domestic EPC. These will show:

  1. The energy efficiency rating for your commercial building.
  2. How the property compares to others.
  3. A breakdown of the property’s energy performance.
  4. A report with recommendations to improve the property’s efficiency. Each recommendation will show a low/medium/high impact of the change in relation to the property’s carbon emissions.
  5. Details of the Energy Assessor who produce the EPC and their accreditation body.

How is the EPC rating calculated?

We examine the following:

  • Heating
  • Cooling
  • Ventilation
  • Activities in zones
  • Building construction
  • Lighting

A assessment is made, and a rating calculated on specialist software.

Letting or selling a commercial property

When you sell, let or build a commercial property, it is a legal requirement to have a valid EPC. An EPC is valid for 10 years. When properties are let, there are minimum energy efficiency standards. These are expected to increase in the future.

Where to find a copy of your property’s EPC

All properties with an EPC in England, Wales and Northern Ireland have an EPC registered with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government’s (MHCLG) Energy Performance of Buildings Central Register. If your property is in Scotland, you can find a copy on the Scottish Energy Performance Certificate Register, or the Energy Saving Trust’s website.

Do you need a non-domestic EPC?

If you need an Assessor to undertake a non-domestic (commercial) EPC, we are registered Assessors with Elmhurst Energy. The Elmhurst Quality Promise ensures that all members are trained and qualified, audited, fully insured and compliant with the latest regulations and standards.