Energy Performance Certificates are valid for 10 years with failure to have a valid EPC or Recommendations Report potentially making you liable for a fixed penalty fine. Not having a valid EPC may also delay exchange of contracts or finalising lease agreements.
Non-Domestic buildings in the UK, by their inherent nature, are often incredibly energy inefficient. Especially older ones. Bad for the bottom line. Bad for the environment too. In fact 40% of all energy used in the UK is used to heat and power buildings. Enormous waste and at the same time enormous opportunities for improved efficiencies. Efficiencies now measured and managed since 2008 using the Commercial (Non-Domestic) Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and its accompanying Recommendations Report which are now a legal requirement under the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations for any building constructed, sold or let in the UK. In Scotland they are also required by all Public Buildings over a 1000sqm (instead of a DEC). The EPC calculates an Asset Rating which is displayed on an A-G energy scale and is based on the energy performance potential of the building (walls, roofs, floors), its services (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, lighting) and their controls. This enables the energy efficiency of a building to be assessed without the need for actual energy bills. There are some exemptions (e.g. Places of worship, listed buildings, etc.)
All EPCs must be produced by an accredited Energy Assessor.
All EPCs must be produced by an accredited Energy Assessor. You’ll be wise to make sure that more than just accredited, your Energy Assessor is a capable, Commercial EPC specialist. Inaccurate EPC’s can potentially lead to disputes and even legal action. Here at Green Zone Surveys, our Assessors have been carrying out Non-Domestic EPCs throughout the UK since their introduction, not only for existing buildings but also for new buildings which require Building Control sign off. We can provide Level 3, 4 and 5 Commercial EPC’s for existing and new buildings. Each certificate shows the current and previous two years energy rating and carbon emissions for comparison purposes. An advisory report (AR) based on a site survey accompanies the first DEC, and then is renewed every seven years thereafter (every ten years for buildings of 1000 m2 or less). The AR lists cost effective measures to improve the rating of the building. Green Zone Surveys has been providing DEC’s throughout the UK and Ireland since their introduction.
A Commercial EPC is valid for ten years.
As soon as a building is in the process of being offered for sale or rent, it is the responsibility of the seller or landlord to make available an EPC to any prospective buyer or tenant. The landlord or seller is legally required to provide an EPC as soon as possible. Before a building is put on the market the seller or landlord must commission an EPC for the building.
The penalty for failing to make an EPC available to any prospective buyer or tenant when selling or renting a non-domestic dwelling is fixed, in most cases, at 12.5 per cent of the rateable value of the building, with a default penalty of £750 where the formula cannot be applied. The range of penalties under this formula are set with a minimum of £500 and capped at a maximum of £5,000! An EPC provides a useful indication of the potential for energy efficiency and carbon emissions.
We visit and survey every building we prepare a EPC for. Whether it’s one building, or a regional or national portfolio, our technical in-house team will systematically visit and survey each building in order to produce informative Advisory Reports and accurate certificates.
10 years experience covering all Compliance requirements including Domestic and Commercial EPCs from small to very large commercial and industrial buildings.