Commercial Energy Performance Certificates
With effect from January 2009 The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) dictates that Commercial premises will require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) at the point of sale, rent or construction. This includes everything from small retail units to offices, industrial units and large scale commercial premises. The EPC must be made available free of charge to any prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity and, in any event :
- When written information about the building is first provided as a result of a request by a prospective purchaser
- When the building is viewed
Why an EPC is required
An EPC is intended to inform potential buyers/tenants about the energy performance of a building so that they can consider energy efficiency as part of their investment decision. The EPC records the energy rating of the building based on the fabric, construction and age of the building and of the services within it (eg heating, ventilation and lighting).
A Recommendation Report is included with the EPC detailing recommended improvements that can be made to the building and the services therein which will lead to an improved energy effiency. These recommendation are provided in terms of short term payback (less than 3 years), medium term payback (3 - 7 years), long term payback (greater than 7 years) and any other recommendations based on the Energy Assessors knowledge of the building. These recommendations do not have to be implemented. They are a guidance to the action that can be taken to improve the energy efficiency of the building and thereby reduce costs. In many commercial buildings where energy costs are high, considerable savings can be made where the recommendations are implemented.
H I Solutions is well qualified to make the greatest use of the recommendations with full after sales service available if required.
Reponsibility to provide an EPC
As soon as a building is in the process of being offered for sale or for let, it is the responsibility of the SELLER / PROSPECTIVE LANDLORD to make an EPC available to any prospective purchaser/tenant. THE SELLER/PROSPECTIVE LANDLORD ARE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE AND NOT ANY AGENT OR SOLICITOR WHO MAY BE ACTING FOR THEM.
Penalties for not having an EPC
Local Authorities (usually Trading Standards Officers) are responsible for enforcing the requirement to have an EPC when appropriate. Failure to have an EPC available when required may lead to a civil penalty charge notice, such penalty being fixed, in most cases, as 12.5% of the rateable value of the building (minimum £500 and maximum £5000 with a default penalty of £750 where the formula cannot be applied).
H I Solutions Commercial Energy Performance Certificate Services
Our surveyors are qualified, accredited Commercial Energy Assessors to Level 4 enabling us to cater for the majority of commercial requirements. Due to varying nature and size of commercial EPC requirements, we are able to offer this service on a nationwide basis and are pleased to provide any information, assistance and quotations as required. A full consultation service is available.
Energy Innspect is a sister organisation to H I Solutions, specialising in Commercial EPCs for all types of licensed premises. This service was devised by licensed trade professionals for licensed trade professionals. Please see our dedicated website for further details.