A Guide to Selling or Letting? A guide to Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

Selling or Letting? A guide to Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

Published on: 2010-06-06



- Introduction
- What is a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)
- The Law for a Commercial EPC
- Commercial Property Exemptions
- FREE Advice & Commercial EPC Quote


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Introduction

In response to the European Performance of Buildings' Directive (EPBD); as of 4th January, 2009 all commercial property for sale or let now require a commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

It is illegal to market a commercial property for sale or let without a commercial EPC. The penalty is of up to 12.5% of the rateable value of the property, with a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 5,000. This is in addition to the cost of a compliant commercial EPC.


What is a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)

The commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will tell you how energy efficient the commercial property is on a scale of A-G, with A being the most efficient. The certificate also tells you, on a scale of A-G, about the impact the property has on the environment.

The certificate covers all types of buildings from shops to small offices, industrial units and large commercial buildings such as train stations and airports. Building Control is responsible for enforcing these changes in the newly built properties and it's the Trading Standards department responsibility to enforce certificates on existing buildings.

The commercial EPC is combined with a recommendation report on how the property's energy efficiency can be improved, in addition to a potential rating if the recommendation work is carried out . Commercial EPC's are valid for a 10 year period.


The Law for a Commercial EPC

Credible and professional property agents will usually ask whether a commercial EPC is provided before they market a property. The purchasers/prospective leaseholders solicitor will also certainly ask to see the commercial EPC before contracts can be exchanged.

It is now mandatory that a commercial EPC is in place prior to marketing a commercial property . Newly constructed commercial buildings are also required to have an EPC.

Non-compliance with commercial EPC legislation will result in a penalty. The penalty is of up to 12.5% of the rateable value of the property, with a minimum of 500 and a maximum of 5,000. This is in addition to the cost of a compliant commercial EPC.


Commercial Property Exemptions

Under current commercial EPC legislation a commercial EPC is not required on the following exempt premises:

  • On lease renewals or extensions that were in place prior to 1st October, 2008
  • Places of worship
  • Stand alone buildings less than 50 square metres
  • Properties with consent to be demolished within a 2 year period.


FREE advice & Commercial EPC quote

Syntegra Consulting Ltd (www.syntegra-epc.co.uk) are the recommended EPC Partner for Business4Sale.co.uk. Syntegra Consulting are one of the leading energy assessment consultancies in the UK undertaking energy assessments throughout the country.

For any queries in relation to the legislation surrounding EPCs and for a no obligation FREE quote please contact Syntegra Consulting directly via email mail@syntegra-epc.co.uk or visit syntegra-epc.co.uk.




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