Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) – what they are and what do they mean for you?

What is an EPC?

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) certifies how energy efficient a property/building is.

What is the legislation?

All properties, commercial and domestic, must have this type of survey done to find how energy efficient the building is. Landlords need an EPC when they are selling or letting the building. The legislation came into effect in 2007/2008.

What are the benefits?

The benefits are that you see the efficiency of the building, as surveyed, and how the property can be improved to gain a higher rating.

Who is responsible for complying with the EPC laws for commercial properties?

The responsibility is with the government / local councils, building control, also the accreditation bodies and the energy assessor as well.

What do commercial landlords need to do to make sure they comply with the EPC laws?

They need to make sure their properties are in clean / tidy state for renting/letting.

Where can landlords seek advice?

They can seek advice from the local council, commercial property agents/surveyors and www.energysavingtrust.org.uk

What is the process?

When you sell or rent out a commercial unit or take a loan against the property you need this type of survey doing. The EPC lasts for 10 years but renewal may be necessary if significant changes or upgrades are made to the property.

How much does it cost?

The cost varies between £125 and £450. It depends on the size/area of the building and what type of heating and cooling systems are installed.

What do the ratings on an EPC mean?

The rating is from A – G, the top A and B are mainly newer buildings with eco systems installed.

Properties meeting the latest building regulations, with solar panels and solar hot water as well.

C, D, E, are mid-range – buildings with good energy efficiency.

And F, G, are poor, energy inefficient commercial properties.

Do you have to have an EPC on all types and size of commercial property?

You have EPCs on most properties. Churches, and buildings under 50m2 are exempt.

Also Grade I and II listed buildings don’t require them.

What action can be taken if landlords fail to meet EPC requirements?

They can get more time to comply with EPC regulation. But if they don’t upgrade the building to make it more energy efficient, they can be fined by the local council or trading standards.

What should tenants be aware of regarding EPCs?

Tenants should look for the overall rating of the building, and any heating or insulation issues, also any damp from the floor or walls.

EPC advice provided by:

Mark Wells
EPC  Surveys
Dip.Pd, Ndea, Dea, Gda.
Commercial , Domestic Energy Assessor
Cert Legionella Assessor.
Leicestershire / Midlands.
Mobile: 07932442832
Office :  0116 2887300

This information is for guidance only and landlords and tenants should seek their own professional advice.

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