Everything you need to know about EPCs
1. What is an EPC?
An energy performance certificate (EPC) tells prospective buyers or tenants about your building’s energy efficiency, and offers some recommendations for improving it. It grades properties from A (very efficient) to G (very inefficient). The higher the grade, the lower the building’s running costs are likely to be.
2. Why do I need one?
If you’re selling your commercial property, or creating a new lease, the law says you must provide potential buyers/tenants with an EPC. If you don’t, you could be fined up to £5,000.
3. What happens if I don’t have one?
It’s up to the building seller or landlord, or their representative when marketing the property, to make sure an EPC is in place if it’s needed. If you need one and don’t have one, you could be looking at fines up to £5,000. The trading standards section of your local authority can impose fines of 12.5% of the building’s rateable value, up to a maximum of £5,000, on the building owners and anyone acting on their behalf when marketing the property.
Some buildings don’t need an EPC:
- Places of worship
- Temporary buildings
- Commercial buildings with less than 50sqm of useful floor space
- Buildings due for demolition after sale
Warehouses, food and drinks packaging or heavy engineering plants which are air-conditioned or heated for only a few days in the year are also exempt, as are lease renewals or extensions, compulsory purchase orders and lease surrenders.
5. What’s the process?
You need an EPC assessor approved and registered with the appropriate authority. That assessor should be qualified to assess your level of building, which will depend on the size and complexity of its heating and ventilation system. They’ll visit your premises and carry out a survey based on a specific set of software, then issue and register your certificate with the relevant authority.
6. How long does it take?
Anything from half an hour to half a day, depending on the size of your building. But once you have an EPC, it’s valid for up to ten years. We always aim to have your certificate complete and registered within 48 hours.
7. What do I do once the EPC is complete?
Other than making it freely available to any prospective buyer or new tenant or their representatives, the EPC doesn’t need you to do anything. However, the process may show that you also need a Section 63 assessment. You can find out more about what that involves over on our Section 63 page.
8. How do I get started?
Just call us on 0141 255 1360, or click here to get in touch. We’ll help you work out what you need, and send someone out to take care of it.