Your EPC Says A Lot About You & Your Business
How energy efficient is your commercial building on a scale of A (most efficient) to G (least efficient), and does it really matter? If you own or are responsible for commercial premises such as retail units, an office block, industrial units, or any other non domestic building new or old, then the property has to have a valid energy performance certificate (EPC). It’s a legal requirement, so it definitely matters! On top of that, however, the more energy efficient your building is, the more attractive it’s likely to be to existing or potential tenants, and any prospective buyers.
A building which has been assessed and issued with a commercial EPC of ‘E’ compared to one ranked ‘G’, means the building will have lower running costs in terms of heating and cooling, a factor that can make all the difference if someone is trying to decide to invest in the property, or take on the lease as a commercial tenant. As well as being fully compliant, knowing what your EPC grade is can also help you to market your investment more effectively, and if your score is on the low side, it can spur you on to improve the energy efficiency of your building. Hefty fines for non compliance
Following EU directives issued in 2008, UK Government law stipulates that all commercial premises must have a commercial EPC if you rent the property or want to sell it. If you’ve made changes to the building by adding air conditioning, for instance, or if a new building project has been completed, its energy efficiency could have altered. The aim of the legislation is to help reduce the level of harmful C02 emissions that buildings produce in the first place, and reduce the demand on sustainable energy resources, something that affects us all. Your building’s EPC also informs occupants and other energy consumers about the efficiency of the building.
Getting a commercial EPC, which is valid for 10 years, is not something you can opt out of, and failure to present one to prospective tenants or buyers could result in a hefty fine of between £500 and £5000, depending on the rateable value of the property. That’s the bad news; the good news is that getting an accurate, commercial EPC is straightforward, inexpensive, easy to arrange, and can usually be completed quickly by a qualified non domestic energy assessor at Easy EPC
So what does a commercial EPC entail?
There are three types of commercial EPCs which our team of accredited assessors at Easy EPC are authorised to issue:
- Level 3 EPC – is for typical high street shops and smaller premises without air-conditioning, including takeaways and small restaurants.
- Level 4 EPC – an office unit with air-conditioning or climate control, factory units, garages, larger retail spaces.
- Level 5 EPC – more complex buildings, typically public libraries, shopping malls, office blocks, and campus buildings that will require modelling to determine their EPC.
If you’re unsure about what level of commercial EPC you require, you can seek advice from one of our assessors. To find out more or for a free, no obligation quote, simply complete our online form, or call us at Easy EPC today. The clue is in our name; we make getting a commercial EPC easy for you.