Commercial EPC’s – Why do I need an EPC?
Non-dwellings are responsible for almost 20 per cent of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions. Energy performance certificates (EPCs) are intended to promote the improvement of the energy performance of buildings and form part of the final implementation in England and Wales of the European Directive 2002/91/EC on the Energy Performance of Buildings.
Before a building is put on the market the seller or landlord must commission an EPC for the building if no valid EPC exists already for it. A person acting on behalf of the seller or landlord (for example, the estate or letting agent) must be satisfied that an EPC has been commissioned for the building before it is put on the market.
The EPC should be carried out prior to marketing the property. Failure to do so can result in a fine of up to £5,000. Enforcement of the legislation is carried out by Trading Standards. The certificates are valid for 10 years. For more detailed information on the requirements for Commercial Energy Performance Certificates, guidance for building owners, landlords and tenants, and ways of improving energy efficiency in buildings, please refer to the useful documents section, which contains the relevant Communities & Local Government publications