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Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) are a legal requirement within the UK property market. Their purpose is 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 being sold, let or built. The certificate must be obtained before selling or renting out the property.
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If you’d like to learn more about commercial energy performance certificates from our experts, continue reading below.
What Does a Commercial EPC Involve?
The commercial EPC test itself is carried out by a qualified assessor. It involves an inspection of the property to gather information on its energy use and CO2 emissions. This will include things like the type of heating and lighting 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. This information will then be put onto the commercial EPC Non-Dwelling Register held by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).
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. Your commercial building must score an ‘E’ rating or higher to meet the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.
What Are the Benefits of a High EPC Rating?
Having a high EPC rating on your commercial property comes with a range of benefits, including
Having a high EPC rating means that you’re likely spending much less on your energy bills. Furthermore, it makes the property more attractive to tenants/buyers. It shows that the building is well-kept, modern, and in line with UK legislation.
A high EPC rating also means that your building produces less CO2 emissions. This leads to a reduced carbon footprint which is better for the environment.
Staying legally compliant is of utmost importance. A high EPC rating on your commercial property means you don’t have to worry about non-compliance and the fines involved.
Are There Penalties for Not Having an EPC?
If you’re 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. You must therefore ensure that you have a valid commercial EPC certificate for your property before putting it on the market.
Unsure whether your commercial property needs an EPC certificate? Contact our customer service team today for professional advice.
Do I Need to Display My EPC Rating?
Business owners and landlords are required by law to display the commercial EPC rating of their property in a prominent place if:
- they have a floor space of more than 500 square metres.
- their building is frequently used by the public.
- they obtained an EPC specifically to sell, rent or construct the building.
You can display your commercial EPC in the window of your commercial premises or on marketing materials that you use. Failure to display the rating in a prominent place could lead to a £500 fine.
Are There Any EPC Exemptions?
Some commercial properties are exempt from needing an EPC. This includes listed buildings where the work required would make unacceptable changes to the building, or temporary buildings that are only going to be used for 2 years or less.
For a full list of all EPC exemptions, visit the gov.uk website.
Commercial EPC with Robinsons Facilities Services
Robinsons Facilities Services can provide accurate commercial EPC certificates Yorkshire and across the UK. If you’re unsure as to whether or not your Yorkshire property needs an EPC certificate, our experienced professionals can advise you.
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Commercial EPC FAQs
Since April 2023, all commercial properties must hold a rating of at least band ‘E’ before any new leases are granted.
A trained professional will assess building elements from the materials used in the construction of the property through to the insulation and the types of lighting used. Based on the energy efficiency of all of these elements, they will provide a rating from A to G for your property.
An EPC is valid for 10 years from the time it is issued. You will need a new EPC if the property is sold or leased after this time.
Yes, you can potentially upgrade your EPC rating by making energy efficiency improvements to lighting, insulation, heating etc.
An assessor will usually take 1-2 hours to inspect the property and issue your commercial EPC.
If your property does not meet the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (i.e. an ‘E’ rating), you’ll need to make upgrades to improve your rating before selling or renting.
Your building’s commercial EPC is held on the Non-Dwelling Register held by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG).