Commercial EPCs

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 have applied to all commercial buildings (save for the limited exemptions listed below) since 1 October 2008.

The need for an Energy Performance Certificate (“EPC”) is triggered in the following situations:

•  if a building is to be sold and a plausible prospective buyer requests any information about the building from the seller, makes a request to view the building, or makes an offer (written or oral) to buy the building

• if a building is to be rented and a plausible prospective tenant requests any information about the building from the landlord, makes a request to view the building, or makes an offer (written or oral) to rent the building

• when a building is constructed or modified an EPC has to be provided to the new owner by the person carrying out the work

The exceptions are:

• stand-alone non-residential buildings with a useable floor area of less than 50 m2

• buildings used primarily or solely as places of worship

• temporary buildings with a planned time of use of two years or less

• buildings due to be demolished

• industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings with low energy demand

An EPC lasts for 10 years unless the building and its fixed services are subsequently altered.

There is a prohibition on charging a prospective buyer or tenant for the cost of an EPC.  There is no such prohibition on landlord’s charging an existing tenant, but in practice they will have great difficulty in recovering the cost from their tenants via the service charge unless there is extremely clear wording entitling them to do so.

An Energy Performance Assessor may require some or all of the following information to enable him to carry out an EPC

• type of property

• approximate size of the property

• approximate boiler output (in Kws)

• Details of whether the property is air conditioned or heated

• Building construction details including the age of the building and date of any refurbishments

• Maintenance records

• Building plans

• A photograph of the building

We can arrange for an estimate to be provided to our commercial clients from an authorised EPC supplier.