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Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) 

Commercial Energy Certification is now required... 
...before sale, letting, construction and assignment of commercial property. 
Since April 2008 the new Energy Performance Certificates for commercial buildings have been phased in for all commercial property sold, let or constructed. 
The Energy Performance Certificate will be based upon a detailed model of the building with its heating, ventilation and air conditioning services. It will provide a grading, carbon emission rating and running cost. The model can then be used to assist with advise for future improvements. 
A commercial EPC for a non-dwelling building will be valid for 10 years or until replaced with a newer one. As long as a valid EPC exists for the building, you can provide this to prospective tenants / buyers. 
The relevant Management / Owner has duty to provide an EPC to a prospective buyer or tenant and will be liable to a penalty if they fail to do so. Irrespective of whether the prospective buyer or tenant purports to waive an entitlement to receive the certificate. 
EPCs will have a real effect upon the market as the large investors seek to avoid poorly graded property in order to boost their green credentials. In addition, tax incentives or penalties seem likely for the future. 
Efficient buildings have lower fuel bills 
The recommendations that accompany the certificates show ways to reduce energy needs, which in turn can lead to both lower energy bills and carbon emissions. Even relatively small improvements in the energy efficiency can have an impact and together with tax incentives, improvements in energy efficiency can be rewarding. Compact fluorescents last eight times as long as filament lamps, which can cut building maintenance costs by more than 80%. A local authority discovered that the labor cost for changing a single filament lamp in sheltered accommodation was 40 times the cost of a new modern lamp. So a change to compact fluorescent has given savings in maintenance costs as well as a 75% saving in energy costs. 
If you have current scaled drawings of your buildings available the process will be made easier, if there are no drawings to hand then NBHI will make the necessary calculations based on their on site observations. 
If you can demonstrate the building is suitable for demolition and the resulting site is suitable for redevelopment and you believe on reasonable grounds that the prospective buyer or tenant intends to demolish the building, you do not need to provide an EPC. Generally this can demonstrated by having the relevant planning permission or evidence that planning permission has been applied for. 
The commercial EPC must be made available for the property if is on the market for sale or rental. This must be done free of charge to a prospective buyer or tenant at the earliest opportunity and in any event: 
1) When written information about the building is first provided as a result of a request by a prospective purchaser or tenant. 
2) When the building is viewed for the purpose of renting or buying. 
In any event an EPC must be obtained before a contract for sale or letting is marketed. 
The penalty for failing to make an EPC available to any prospective buyer or tenant when selling or letting a commercial building is fixed in most cases, at 12.5% of the ratable value of the building, subject to a minimum penalty of £500 and a maximum of £5000. The EPC will still be required. 
N. Brisland Home Inspector will aim to make a fairly complex processes simple as possible. 
With experience of commercial property and fast turnaround,times, we recognize that the modern pace of business doesn't’t easily lend itself to distractions and we hope you’ll find our services an efficient one. 
If you own or manage Commercial Property please call or email N. Brisland Home Inspector to discuss your requirements. 
Prices vary according to the size of the building and the complexity of the heating and ventilation systems in place. 
Email us directly here: neilbrisland@hotmail.co.uk 
Jardin House, Colchester Road, Ardleigh, Colchester, CO7 7PQ  
Telephone 01206 230486 Mobile 07882 879436 
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