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Commercial EPC

The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive has introduced new certification requirements for all commercial buildings across Europe. 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.

Non-dwellings are responsible for almost 20 per cent of the UK's energy consumption and carbon emissions. This guide provides an introduction to the Regulations for Energy Performance Certificates for non-dwellings on construction, sale or let in England and Wales. Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) promote the improvement of the energy performance of buildings and form part of the final implementation in England and Wales of the European Directive 2002/91/EC on the Energy Performance of Buildings.An image of a House

Property owners and landlords will not be able to complete any property transactions without having an EPC. Implementation dates and the level of certificate needed are being phased in based on building size and complexity

England / WALES:
From 6th April 2008 all Commercial buildings greater than 10,000m sq
From 1st July 2008 all Commercial buildings greater than 2,500m sq
From 1st October all Commercial buildings greater than 50m sq

All buildings - 4th January 2009

An EPC is valid for ten years, or until a newer EPC is prepared

What is an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) provides an energy rating for a building based on the characteristics of the building itself and its services such as heating, ventilation and lighting. The certificate includes an asset energy rating from A to G; A being the most efficient and G being the least efficient. The EPC also contains a recommendation report which suggests ways to improve the energy efficiency of the building.

What's involved?
It is the responsibility of the property developer, owner, or landlord to obtain an EPC. They will need to find an accredited EPC assessor to survey their property portfolio and produce the certificate. This typically involves looking at floor plans, surveying the building, constructing a computer building energy model, making recommendations and registering the certificate with the government's online database.An image of Books

How much does an EPC cost?
The price of an EPC will vary depending on a number of factors including the size, location and age of the building as well as market demand. If the building has more complex air conditioning systems and separate spaces, this will require a more comprehensive visit.

Are there any penalties for not providing an EPC?
The landlord is liable for failing to provide an EPC and could be fined for non-compliance, the fine for which can be up to £5000. However, this is not clearly defined and the fine may be issued on multiple occasions if the EPC remains outstanding.

What buildings will be exempt?
The following places will not require an EPC :
Places of worship Stand-alone building of less than 50 square meters (except for dwellings) Temporary buildings with a planned time of use of 2 years or less Particular building with a low energy demand (e.g. barns) In some circumstances buildings to be demolished are exempt from requiring a certificate An EPC is not required for any (off-plan) sales or letting before the construction of the building has been complete What will the assessor look at in the building?
It is expected that the assessors will look at the following factors:
Thermal characteristics of the building heating and hot water systems air conditioning, artificial ventilation built in lighting installations the position and orientation of the building solar systems natural ventilation and indoor climatic conditions For more information please contact Martin Shell DEA CEA or Linda Edwards DEA on 01656 658445 or via email (
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