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Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) are a legal requirement within the UK property market. They help to evaluate the energy efficiency of a building, and ways in which this could potentially be improved.
A commercial EPC is required for any commercial property that is being sold, let or built. The certificate must be obtained before the property can be sold or rented out.
Robinsons Facilities Services are commercial EPC providers, and can offer a comprehensive report detailing the energy efficiency of your commercial property.
The team at Robinsons Facilities Services are highly experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to commercial EPCs, and can provide you with all the information and advice you need to ensure that your property is compliant.
What a Commercial EPC Involves
The assessment itself is carried out by a qualified assessor, and will involve an inspection of the property in order to gather information on its energy use. This will include things like the type of heating and lighting that is used, as well as the construction of the building itself.
The assessor will also take into account any measures that have been put in place to improve the energy efficiency of the property, such as insulation or solar panels.
Once the assessment has been completed, an energy performance certificate for commercial property will be issued, and the information will be put onto the commercial EPC register.
The assessment will give the property a commercial EPC rating from A to G, with A being the most energy efficient and G being the least.
The rating will be based on a number of factors, including the age and type of building, as well as insulation.
Penalties For Not Having An EPC Certificate
If you are found to be selling or renting out a commercial property without an EPC certificate, you could be liable for a fine of up to £5000.
It is therefore important that you make sure that you have a valid commercial EPC certificate for your property before putting it on the market.
If you are unsure as to whether or not your property needs an EPC certificate, or if you need help in obtaining one, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today. We would be more than happy to assist you.
The Requirement to Display Your EPC Rating
As well as being a legal requirement when selling or renting out your commercial property, you are also required by law to display the commercial EPC rating of your property in a prominent place if you have a floor space of more than 500 square metres.
This could be in the window of your commercial premises, or on marketing materials that you use. A £500 fine can be issued if you do not display the rating in a prominent place.
There are some commercial properties that are exempt from needing an EPC certificate. This includes listed buildings where the work required would make changes to the building, or temporary buildings that are only going to be used for a short period of time.
If you are unsure as to whether or not your Yorkshire property needs an EPC certificate, our experienced professionals can advise you.
Commercial EPC FAQs
Commercial properties must hold a rating of at least band ‘E’ before any new leases are granted. All rental properties will face this same standard from April 2023.
A trained professional will assess things including the materials used in the construction of the property through to the insulation, and the forms of lighting that are used within. From here, they will provide a grade for your property.
An EPC is valid for 10 years from the time it is issued. A new EPC should be produced if the property is sold or leased after this time.