We offer a nationwide Commercial EPC service throughout the UK. If you’re selling or leasing a building or part of a building, then the chances are you’ll need an EPC before the sale or lease can be completed.
EPCs certify how energy efficient a property is by using a rating system from A-G, with A being the most efficient. An EPC is derived from standard information regarding the energy efficiency levels and carbon emissions present in a building when checked against a comparative building.
A recommendation report is provided, specifying how improvements can be made which leads to upgrading the energy rating. A Commercial Energy Performance Certificate is valid for 10 years, or until a newer version is produced.
If you’re looking to sell, rent or build a commercial property, then you’ll need a commercial EPC. In England and Wales it is an offence to construct, sell or lease a building without providing an Energy Performance Certificate to potential Tenants, Owner or Occupiers.
There are exceptions to when an EPC is not required:
If a building is to be demolished.
Temporary buildings with less than two years of usage.
An entirely detached building with a total useful floor area of less than 50m2, and not a dwelling.
Places of worship.
Industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings with low energy demand.
When is an EPC required?
You must provide the EPC to a prospective tenant or buyer no later than the actual viewing and it must be included with any other written information provided. A penalty is incurred if you fail to make an EPC available to prospective tenants or buyers. The rate is 12.5% of the value of the property (minimum of £500 to a maximum of £5,000).
New Regulations from April 2018
From April 2018, if you are to market your property for rental or renew a lease to an existing tenant, you will need an EPC which is of a band A to E rating rather than a band F or G as if the latter is the case, you will not be allowed to legally market your property.