An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates how energy efficient your building is using grades from A to G (with ‘A’ the most efficient grade). Commercial properties will typically require a valid energy performance certificate when constructed, sold or let.
At Elvet Chartered Surveyors, we employ a friendly network of professional and accredited Non-Domestic Energy Assessors (NDEA's) who will undertake the necessary SBEM calculation to facilitate lodgement of the energy performance certificate on your behalf.
|What is a Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?|
|A non-domestic energy performance certificate is sometimes more commonly referred to as a commercial EPC. The certificate is designed to illustrate to prospective buyers or tenants how energy efficient a building is by assigning a rating which is measured on a scale; with A-rated properties representing the most efficient and G-rated the least. Furthermore, the certificate will contain recommendations for cost effective improvements advising how to improve the energy efficiency of the building and reduce fuel bills.|
|What buildings don't require an EPC?|
A commercial property is exempt from providing an energy performance certificate if the owner can demonstrate that the building meets any of the following criteria:
In addition, a building may also be exempt if all three of the below issues can be evidenced:
|What happens if I don’t have an EPC?|
|You can be fined between £500 and £5000 based on the rate-able value of the building if you don’t make an EPC available to any prospective buyer or tenant.|
|When must you display an Energy Performance Certificate?|
You must display an EPC within a commercial building if all three of the following criteria apply:
|Who can produce a Commercial EPC?|
|Only a Non-Domestic Energy Assessor (NDEA), who is accredited by a government approved accreditation scheme, can lodge a valid Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificate. All of our assessors are subject to regular audits by an independent accreditation body, ensuring that their exact professional standards are maintained.|
|Who is responsible for the Energy Performance Certificate?|
|Before marketing a building for sale or rent a person acting on behalf of the seller or landlord (for example, the estate or letting agent) must be satisfied that an EPC has been commissioned for that building. The seller, or landlord, or a person acting on their behalf must use all reasonable efforts to ensure the EPC is obtained within seven days. A further 21 days is allowed if after using all reasonable efforts the EPC cannot be obtained within those seven days.|
|How long does an EPC last?|
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is valid for 10-years and can be re-used as many times as required within that period.