Government legislation now dictates that Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are required in relation to the sale, letting or construction for all non domestic property. This covers everything from small retail units, offices, industrial units, hotels, schools and public buildings. These certificates rate the building energy performance on a scale of A to G, with A being the most efficient and G being the least.
All building owners, landlords and tenants considering selling or leasing their commercial premises are required to comply with these statutory regulations. There are certain exemptions where an EPC is not required although these are very limited. If you are uncertain in any way, please contact us to advise you further.
In the majority of instances, it is a legal requirement for an EPC to be carried out prior to marketing the property. All EPCs must be lodged centrally on a national database and will be valid for up to 10 years.
Responsibility for enforcement in newly built properties will fall on Building Control, whilst Trading Standards will enforce certification of existing buildings. The failure to provide an EPC can result in a fine between £500 - £5,000.
For further information regarding the new regulations or if you would like our assessor to undertake an inspection please contact: Chris Hodgson on 01234 362907 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Upon receiving your EPC you will obtain a report with recommendations. Although these recommendations are only advisory, you may find significant benefits in implementing the measures to make the property more energy efficient which can also save you money. The subject of energy efficiency is very wide ranging and usually unique for each property.
Please contact either Chris Hodgson or Robert Franklin if you wish to discuss your options further.
Further information regarding the regulations is also available from: www.communities.gov.uk/epbd