Non Domestic EPC
A non-domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a certificate which confirms the energy efficiency of a non-domestic or commercial property. It’s similar to the EPC that you may have seen on a new domestic appliance, a new car or even a flat for rent. Since October 2008, the requirement for non-dwellings is for there to be a non-domestic EPC produced and available on the construction, sale or rent of such commercial buildings that contain fixed services that condition their interior environment. These non-dwelling buildings are responsible for around 20% of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions.
There are three levels of non-domestic building, Level Three, Level Four and Level Five. The power of its heating and air-conditioning systems, the building’s complexity and the services used by that building will determine which level it falls under and also the type of energy assessor that is qualified to produce an EPC for it. At ‘EPC For You’ all levels of commercial energy assessor with the requisite training and accreditation are available.
Why choose EPC For You
If you are selling or letting a commercial premises in its entirety, pursuant to Article 7 of the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations, a non-domestic EPC will be needed for the whole building, however, if that building has parts designed or altered to be used separately, then individual EPCs are also acceptable (assuming the heating systems are also separate), although an EPC for the communal area will also be required. If, as is often the case, only part of a commercial building is being let or sold where there is a universal heating system, then either an EPC can be prepared for the whole building or for the individual premises which are being disposed of.
Depending on your building’s use, since October 2008, there may also be a requirement for a Display Energy Certificate (DEC). A DEC shows the actual energy usage of a building known as the operational rating and must be displayed in a way that allows the public to see the energy efficiency of the building. The DEC also comes with an Advisory Report which lists cost effective ways to increase the building’s energy rating.
Non-domestic EPC energy assessors will review the features of a property in order to assess its energy efficiency: what the property is constructed with, which heating systems are in place, as well as the cooling and ventilation and even the lighting systems. It’s not a building survey as it won’t comment on condition and doesn’t detail how the systems are used, however, the EPC can recommend improvements to make a building more efficient. If you carry out these recommendations, with legislation and government policy looking towards the promotion of greener energy, it is extremely likely that your property’s value will increase, whether it be in terms of rent or sale price. Based on the improvements made, it may also prove worth renewing the EPC to demonstrate this.
As well as the many benefits of having your property assessed and an EPC prepared, ‘EPC For You’ can also help you avoid the legal repercussions which, without an EPC, could lead to the Local Authority Building Control department seeking enforcement action against you as well as risking a fine of between £500 and £5,000.