EPC Frequently Asked Questions

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is broadly similar to the labels now provided with domestic appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines. Click here for an example EPC of our head-office in Portsmouth.

As part of the Energy Performance in Buildings Directive (EPBD), the purpose of an EPC is to record how energy efficient a commercial property is as a building. The energy certificate will provide a rating of the energy efficiency and carbon emissions of a building from A to G, where A is very efficient and G is very inefficient.

An example of what an EPC might look like is shown here.

When a commercial building is rent, sold or constructed, the vendor must obtain an EPC to comply with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are not required on construction, sale and rent for:

  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings that are only planned to be used for two years or less. E.g a Porter Cabin.
  • Stand alone non-dwellings that have a Total Useful Floor Area (TUFA) less than 50m².
  • Industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings with low energy demand*.
  • Buildings that are due to be demolished.

*Buildings that accommodate industrial activities in spaces where the air is not conditioned are considered to have low energy demand. Such activities would include; foundries, forging and storage.

When a building is in the process of being offered for sale, it is the responsibility of the seller to provide an EPC to potential buyers.

When a building is in the process of being offered to let, it is the responsibility of the potential landlord to provide an EPC to prospective tenants.

From 1st October 2008, an EPC is required when all remaining buildings other than dwellings are rented/sold or constructed.

However, any non-domestic building on the market before 1st October and remaining on the market will need an EPC by 4th January at the latest. If it is sold or rented out in the meantime, an EPC must be commissioned and then handed over as soon as is practicable. This measure is intended to make it easier for owners and landlords to comply with the legislation, avoid market fluctuations and is in response to expectations from the industry

Each affected building must have an EPC. The certificate will provide a rating of the energy efficiency and carbon emissions of a building from A to G. A valid Recommendation Report for each of these buildings is also required, which details recommendations to improve the energy rating of the building.

The price of an Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) is specific to each building, and is usually dependent upon size, location, age and the availability of data.

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An Energy Assessor, accredited to produce EPCs for that type of building, is the only person who can produce its Energy Performance Certificate and Recommendation Report.

All accreditation bodies ensure that their members/assessors are fully qualified and competent. The accreditation bodies can verify if an individual is qualified.

Click here and search for Clouds as an example.

A team of people can work on gathering the data for an EPC as long as they are working under the supervision of an Accredited Energy Assessor. The Accredited Energy Assessor must ensure that anyone visiting a property or gathering information on their behalf is both ‘fit and proper’ and suitably qualified to gather the information. However, only Accredited Energy Assessors can produce and lodge an EPC. 

Energy Performance Certificates are valid for up to 10 years, or until replaced by a newer one.

Upon rent, sale or construction, failure to provide a valid EPC will incur a penalty equal to 12.5% of the property’s rateable value*² (Default penalty of £750 where formula does not apply). It is suggested that the penalty will range from £500-£5,000. In addition to this penalty, it is still necessary to commission the documents.

Trading Standards Officers are responsible for enforcing the requirement to have an EPC for the sale and rent of a building.

  • Preparation; to ensure that your organisation is ready to comply with the regulations as soon as possible it is imperative that the required data is compiled.
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