This article will answer some common questions about Energy Performance Certificates, which are necessary for both commercial and domestic premises, and explain what you need to know about getting an assessment and the legal requirements.
When were energy performance certificates introduced?
Energy performance certificates were first introduced in 2007 in Britain and Wales and formed part of the Home Information Pack.
Initially, certificates were only required for domestic households and while the Home Information Packs are no longer a necessity, the Energy Performance Certificates still are.
EPC Glasgow, Scotland
Energy Performance Certificates were introduced first introduced in Scotland in 2007; they became a requirement for selling, renting and new builds in 2009.
According to government guidelines, since 2009 it has been a requirement for all buildings that measure more than 1000 meter squared to have an Energy Performance Certificate on prominent display.
In order to get the certificate, the owner of the premises, the manager, or other staff member, will need to request an assessor to come out and visit the property.
The assessment will cover heating, ventilation, hot water, and the type of lighting used, as well as other factors such as the geometry of the building and the fabric.
Once the report has been completed it will contain information on how to improve the EPC rating.
As with other areas of Scotland, an Energy Performance Certificate is necessary for any new build, rented building or premises that is about to go on sale.
The certificates must be put on prominent display and the assessment must be carried out by an authorised assessor.
EPC certificate for businesses
Many commercial premises will also need an EPC certificate if they intend to sell or rent the premises; they are also required for all new builds. However, temporary buildings, buildings which are energy efficiency and buildings that have been bought for the purposes of demolition are not required to have certification.
How does a business get an EPC certificate?
A business can get an EPC certificate by undergoing a commercial energy audit. These need to be carried out by an authorised energy consultant.
What if I don’t have an EPC certificate?
An EPC certificate is compulsory and it is required by law. If you don’t have one, you could face a fine of up to £5000. Contact Nexus Energy Solutions today to find out more about EPCs.