Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates how energy efficient a building’s construction is on a scale of A to G (A being the most efficient). The certificate is accompanied by a Recommendation Report, which provides suggestions for improving the efficiency of the building.

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

Who needs an EPC?

If you want to sell or let your commercial property, you will need to have a valid EPC before the property is placed on the market to inform prospective buyers or tenants about the building’s energy performance.  You will need to be able to provide the EPC at the time of exchange of contracts by law.

There are other situations where an EPC is also needed, for example when a building is newly constructed or when there are changes resulting in more or fewer parts of the building being used for separate occupation.

In contrast to DECs that are produced annually, an EPC can be valid for up to 10 years if no major renovation occurs on the building.

From the 1st April 2018, a new ‘Minimum Energy Efficient Standards’ (MEES) came into effect for rented commercial buildings. These changes made it unlawful to rent or lease a commercial property with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below an E. This will expand to include existing tenants and leases from 1 April 2023.

What are the key opportunities?

If you are selling or letting a property:

  • Ensure your EPCs are compliant with Government regulatory requirements
  • Improve the EPC grade of your buildings to boost their commercial value utilising the report recommendations for areas to improve building energy efficiency
  • Have peace of mind that your fully compliant EPC is valid for 10 years, unless any major renovations are made

If you would like to understand more about your buildings and make energy and cost savings:

  • Better understand the energy efficiency of your buildings based on the construction (the building fabric and the heating, ventilation, cooling and lighting systems) and areas for development
  • Understand the theoretical carbon emissions of your buildings to inform your sustainability and net-zero plans
  • Achieve operational cost-savings and reduce consumption through implementing the recommended improvements
  • Utilise the report recommendations to improve your estate’s energy efficiency

To share details about the energy efficiency potential of the buildings in your estate:

  • Demonstrate the improved performance of your building’s energy efficiency with a new EPC
  • Differentiate from competitors by demonstrating energy savings and efficiency
Which properties are exempt from needing an EPC?
  • Temporary buildings only going to be used for 2 years or less
  • Places of worship or for other religious activities
  • Unheated Industrial site, workshop or non-residential agricultural building.
  • Detached buildings with a total floor space under 50 square metres
  • Buildings due to be demolished with all the relevant planning and conservation consents
Penalties for non-compliance

The owner or landlord of a property for sale or let can be fined between £500 and £5,000 for failing to make an EPC available to any prospective buyer or tenant.

Local Authorities are the “enforcement authority” and will be responsible for enforcing compliance with the EPCs, DECs and Air Conditioning Inspections.

How TEAM can help

Our Consultants are accredited Energy Assessors that can deliver level 3, 4 and 5 non-domestic EPCs that are compliant with the requirements of the EPBR.

Our comprehensive service EPC services include:

  • A site survey and data gathering
  • 3D modelling and data input using Government approved software
  • A calculation of the building Energy Performance Asset Rating
  • A non-domestic EPC recommendation report
  • Lodgement of the EPC and recommendation report to the official Government register
  • Additionally, we can support you to become compliant with the MEES legislation

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