Commercial EPC Survey
A commercial or non-domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a certificate which details 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 assign or 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 required (three to five) 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. Level five buildings will have similar heating and cooling systems as a level four building but a more complex design and shape.
All commercial buildings including factories, offices, retail premises and public sector buildings must have an EPC certificate whenever they are 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 a building has parts designed or altered to be used with separate heating systems, then an EPC for each individual part plus an EPC for any communal areas may be required. The DEC is accompanied by an Advisory Report that lists cost-effective measures to improve the building’s energy rating, and should always be clearly displayed to the public.
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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. We can confirm that all of our commercial energy assessors appear on the 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 certificates could be required.
Your EPC will also include recommendations on how to improve the building’s energy efficiency. Carrying out these recommendations can boost a 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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