Commercial Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs): a closer inspection

Much like the multi-coloured sticker on a new appliance, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates how energy efficient a building is using grades from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). It is a certificate that would-be buyers or tenants get when they look at a property.

EPCs act as a guide to let potential buyers or tenants know how costly a property will be to heat and light, and what its carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be. An EPC will also state what the energy-efficiency rating would be if it was newly built or typical of the existing buildings, plus highlights cost-effective ways to achieve a better rating. Even if you rent your building, some improvements noted on the EPC may need to be implemented, such as switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs, to comply with regulations on the minimum EPC rating.

If you are new to energy management, looking after commercial properties, or have never had to deal with an EPC before, this helpful breakdown of the certificate explains what each component means.

Hover on the elements of the EPC to discover more

Under the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations (EPBR), it is a legal requirement to produce an EPC for buildings constructed, sold or let after 2008 in the UK.

From April 2023, landlords of all privately rented properties will need to have a valid EPC rating of E or above in accordance with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations.

For further advice on EPCs, to get a certificate done for your organisation, or to renew an expired EPC, contact us today.

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