A Commercial Energy Performance Certificate or (EPC) is required by Law if selling or leasing a building,
Some buildings are Exempt;
- Places of Worship
- Temporary structures with a planned use less than 2 years
- Stand alone properties with under 50m2 useable floor space
- Properties due for demolition with a demolition order in place
- Low energy demand properties e.g. agricultural barns
- larger public buildings over 500m2 must display a Display Energy Certificate (DEC)
- all air-conditioning systems over 12kW must be regularly inspected by an Energy Assesor
Commercial Energy Performance Certificates are produced using industry-standard methods to determine energy efficiency. As a result, the EPC of one building can be compared with another building of the same type. This enables prospective tenants, owners, occupiers and purchasers to see information on the energy efficiency and carbon emissions from their building. The associated recommendations report enables you to consider energy efficiency and fuel costs as part of your investment.
An EPC is always accompanied by the recommendation report which lists the short, medium and long term payback periods of implementing the cost effective measures recommended in the report, such as low and zero carbon generating systems which would improve the energy rating and efficiency of the building.
How long is an EPC valid for?
Commercial EPCs are valid for 10 years, although it might be worth doing a new energy inspection sooner if you install new heating and air conditioning systems, improve insulation or similarly improve energy efficiency.