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.
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.
If you are selling or letting a property:
If you would like to understand more about your buildings and make energy and cost savings:
To share details about the energy efficiency potential of the buildings in your estate:
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.
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: