Commercial Energy Certificates


Why are energy performance certificates required ?

An energy performance certificate (EPC) is intended to inform potential

buyers or tenants about the energy performance of a building, so they

can consider energy efficiency as part of their investment or business

decision to buy or occupy that building. If you are offering any

accommodation for sale or let (this includes sub-letting) you will need

to provide an EPC.


When are energy performance certificates required ?

An EPC should be provided to a prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity and in any event before entering into a contract to sell or let.


When is an EPC not required ?

The legislation applies to all buildings except :

- places of worship

- stand-alone buildings of less than 50 square metres

  (except for dwellings)

- temporary buildings with a planned time of use of 2 years or less

- particular buildings with low energy demand (eg barns)

- in certain limited circumstances, buildings to be demolished


How long is an EPC valid for ?

An EPC is valid for 10 years for let property and sales.


How much will an EPC cost ?

Please contact us for a quotation. 


Penalties for not providing an EPC ?

The penalty for failing to make an EPC available to any prospective buyer or tenant when selling or letting non-dwellings is fixed, in most cases, at 12.5 per cent of the rateable value of the building, with a default penalty of £750 where the formula cannot be applied. The range of penalties under this formula are set with a minimum of £500 and capped at a maximum of £5,000.


What is an EPC and what does it mean ?

An EPC will provide an energy rating for a building which is based on the performance potential of the building itself (the fabric) and its services such as heating, ventilation, and lighting. The EPC is accompanied by a recommendation report providing information on improvements with an indication of the payback period.


The legislation ?

The legislation for the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) came into force in a phased manner between 2007 and 4 January 2009. For more information about implementation click for the Directive Implementation Advisory Group


Help for business from Carbon Trust

With its mission to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, the Carbon Trust helps businesses with carbon saving advice, carbon management for large companies, along with financial support. Click here for Carbon Trust 


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