Commercial EPC Survey
A commercial or non-domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a certificate which tells anyone viewing it the energy efficiency of a commercial property. It’s not dissimilar to the sticker on a new domestic appliance or even a new car. Properties exempt from requiring a domestic EPC will generally require a non-dwelling energy performance certificate, the obligation for which comes from the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.
The body responsible for obtaining the Commercial EPC certificate when it is legally required will be the seller, landlord or an agent. They will have to make a commercial EPC available for the building that is being sold or leased. When a lease assignment is taking place, the law considers a sale to have taken place and the assignor should provide the commercial EPC. For new builds, the responsibility falls to the person carrying out the construction to provide the EPC to the owner, and Building Control will not issue a certificate until they are satisfied this has been done. In relation to modifications, a EPC is only needed if the fixed services (heating, ventilation and/or air conditioning) are changed.
Why You Need A Commercial EPC?
Commercial EPCs are prepared based on the level (three to five) required determined by the type of building; level three is defined as a small building with heating systems of less than 100kW and cooling systems less than 12kW, level four is a purpose built building with heating systems larger than 100kW and cooling systems larger than 12kW, a level five building will have similar heating and cooling systems as a level four building but a more complex design and shape.
As with domestic properties, all buildings including factories, offices, retail premises and public sector buildings must have a commercial EPC certificate whenever the building is built, sold or rented. Public buildings in England and Wales (but not Scotland) also require a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) showing actual energy use, and not just the theoretical energy rating. If that building has parts designed or altered to be used separately with separate heating systems then it may be that EPCs for each of the individual parts plus an EPC for any communal areas are required. The DEC should always be clearly displayed to the public. The DEC is accompanied by an Advisory Report that lists cost-effective measures to improve the building’s energy rating.
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Why Choose EPC For You
Because of the legal requirement for EPCs, all commercial EPCs must be carried out by a trained and accredited non-domestic energy assessor. Helpfully, the Department for Communities and Local Government has arranged for a publicly accessible central register of such assessors maintained by the Landmark Information Group, however, at ‘EPC For You’, we can confirm that all our commercial energy assessors appear on that register.
At ‘EPC For You’, our commercial EPCs include all required legal information as well as the asset rating, technical information in brief and any benchmarks. We can also determine your EPC requirement according to the current legislation. This includes the level of EPC required and considers if your property has been split or designed to be used as separate dwellings where multiple EPC Certificates could be required.
Your EPC can also make recommendations to improve the building’s energy efficiency. Carrying out these recommendations can push up your property’s value and, if you are a landlord, you can reassure prospective tenants that the energy rating has been assessed accurately, which brings with it tenants more likely to remain long-term.
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