What is a Commercial EPC?
A commercial energy performance certificate (EPC), is a report which shows how energy efficient a building is. Your energy certificate gives the building an energy efficiency rating graded on a scale of A – G for CO2 emissions, with ‘A’ being the most energy-efficient and ‘G’ being the least energy efficient.
Your commercial EPC gives the building an energy efficiency rating of between A and G, with A being the most energy efficient that is possible. Having a good energy efficiency rating can be good for attracting buyers or tenants as it means lower fuel costs for them in the future.
Do I need a Commercial EPC?
It is a legal requirement to have a valid EPC assessment if you are selling or leasing out your commercial property or have carried out any work which could affect its energy rating. Offices, warehouses, hotels, or buildings used for retail purposes are all examples of commercial buildings.
Landlords or sellers must have an EPC produced before they put their property on the market or out to rent.
What are the benefits to having a Commercial EPC?
Obtaining an energy performance certificate is a legal requirement in the UK. However, obtaining an EPC certificate can be beneficial for the owner.
An EPC is easy to grasp at a glance and will give you recommendations on how to improve the building’s energy efficiency. This will allow any prospective buyers or tenants to see (and action) anything that needs to be done in the future to make it more energy efficient.
Once your EPC has been completed and you have your grading, it will last for 10 years. This is the same as a domestic EPC. It will be unique to your specific address and will not need to be carried out again unless you make significant changes to the building.
How long does a Commercial EPC last?
Once your commercial EPC has been done, it will last for 10 years – the same as a domestic EPC. It will be unique to your specific address and will not need to be carried out again unless you make significant changes to the building.
Are there any exemptions?
Some properties don’t need to have an Energy Performance Certificate. These are:
- Places of worship
- Temporary structures which have a planned use of less than 2 years
- Stand-alone properties with under 50m2 of useable floor space
- Properties which are due for demolition – with a demolition order in place
- Low energy demand properties such as agricultural barns
We recommend that you check with a specialist if you think that your property is exempt from the EPC requirement to ensure that you are definitely covered.
Are there penalties for not getting a Commercial EPC?
If you fail to obtain a commercial EPC, you could be legible to pay a fine of between £500 and £5000.
In most cases, this fine is 12.5% of the rateable value of the property, or at a default value of £750 when this cannot be calculated. The penalty amount is capped at £5000.
You can legally market the commercial building once that you have booked your EPC, even if you don’t have it yet. Proof that you have booked your assessment is sufficient.
How much does a Commercial EPC cost?
Our commercial EPC prices vary according to the size of the property, but they start from only £100 (excluding VAT). We offer competitive prices and a free, no-obligation quote.
What happens during the assessor’s visit?
The amount of time that our energy assessor will be at your commercial property depends on how big it is, and the degree of access that they have to the building.
The energy assessor will look at a number of factors in the building, including:
- The building area size
- Cavity wall and loft insulation
- Hot water and central heating systems
- Energy efficiency of the windows
Getting a Commercial EPC
It’s easy to get your commercial EPC at Nexus Energy Solutions. Our energy assessors are all professionally qualified in energy efficiency surveying. We require them to be members of accreditation companies who regularly audit their work and ensure that criminal record checks are up to date.
Our team of energy advisors are also on hand to talk you through the results and implications of your commercial EPC if need be.
If you are thinking about selling or leasing your commercial property, you will need to have a commercial EPC, so why not get in touch with us today?
- Free No-Obligation Quote
- Competitive Pricing Guaranteed
- Expert & Experienced Surveyors
- Fast Turnaround & Flexible Survey Appointment Times
Our friendly and accessible energy assessors are spread across the United Kingdom. Our helpful EPC London, EPC Glasgow, and other office teams are available at your service.