Commercial EPC - Commercial Buildings

Energy Matters is ideally placed to deliver compliance with this mandatory element of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

Energy Matters EPC team has worked with a diverse range of clients, from national and regional property consultants, to retailers and major developers and contractors.

Our accredited energy assessors are qualified to conduct non-domestic energy assessments for both new and existing buildings. They can evaluate proposed construction details or carry out a detailed survey of the building, perform the necessary calculations and generate the certificate, before lodging it on the government database, Landmark.

Do I require a commercial Energy Performance Certificate?

The action of selling, renting or construction of a commercial building, triggers the need for an energy performance certificate. An EPC is not required for an existing tenancy.

What is contained within a Commercial EPC?

The certificate will provide the energy rating of the building from A - G, where A is the most efficient. The energy rating is based on the characteristics of the building itself and its services (such as heating and lighting). The certificate is accompanied by a report which includes cost effective recommendations to improve the energy ratings. For each improvement indicative paybacks are listed.

How long is the EPC valid for?

A commercial EPC is valid for 10 years unless major modifications to the building have been made within this timeframe.

Who is responsible for commissioning an EPC?

Landlords and property managers are responsible for ensuring that an Energy Performance Certificate is made available. Failure to provide an EPC means you may be liable for a fine ranging from £500 - £5000.

Which type of properties are affected?

Many buildings will be affected by the introduction of Commercial Energy Certificates in the future, these include:

  • Energy Certificates for Retail Units
  • Energy Certificates for Industrial Units
  • Energy Certificates for Hotels
  • Energy Certificates for New Build commercial units

There is no need to obtain an EPC for an existing tenancy.

EPC's are not required on construction, sale or rent for:

  • places of worship
  • temporary buildings with a planned use time of less than two years
  • stand alone buildings with a total useful floor area of less than 50m2
  • agricultural building with a low energy demand

How Much will a Commercial EPC Cost?

The cost will vary according to factors including size, location, complexity and age of building. It is not possible to provide a specific price without an initial building inspection.

Timescales for Implementation

All commercial buildings for sale or rent now require an EPC.