COMMERCIAL ENERGY ASSESSMENT
Accredited Commercial Energy Assessments
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are required on all commercial buildings such as:
Only accredited commercial energy assessors will be able to carry out assessments to produce Energy Performance Certificates. Trafford Surveyors employ in-house RICS-accredited Energy Assessors, who produce EPCs for all types of commercial properties. If you think you may need an EPC please get in touch with our professionally trained team for more advice and assistance. We are eager to provide you with an excellent service and will endeavour to beat any like for like quote. See below for some FAQs.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
All commercial properties require an Energy Performance Certificate when being sold or let. Ratings are often used by tenants or potential buyers to make energy comparisons between properties. A Commercial EPC comes with a recommendation report that outlines how the energy performance of the building could be improved. EPCs assess buildings by giving them a standard energy and carbon emission efficiency grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’, where ‘A’ is the best and with the average to date being D/E. Property with the best ratings are more attractive to potential tenants and buyers as they are cheaper to run.
Why do I need one?
It is a legal requirement for Commercial Properties in England and Wales when they are new build, sold or leased. An Energy Performance Certiﬁcate (EPC) is intended to inform potential buyers or tenants about the energy performance of a building, so they can consider energy efﬁciency as part of their investment or business decision to buy or occupy that building. An EPC will provide an energy rating for a building which is based on the performance potential of the building itself (the fabric) and its services (such as heating, ventilation and lighting). The energy rating given on the certiﬁcate reﬂects the intrinsic energy performance standard of the building relative to a benchmark which can then be used to make comparisons with comparable properties. It is accompanied by a recommendation report, which provides recommendations on how the energy performance of the building could be enhanced, together with an indication of the payback period.
Which commercial properties require an EPC?
The main change is that it is now necessary to commission an EPC before marketing for the sale and rent of residential and non-residential buildings. The changes to the regulations can be summarised as follows:
1. the changes will extend the current requirements to commission an EPC for residential buildings to all residential and non residential buildings being offered for sale or rent;
2. the requirements for the provision of an EPC with written particulars will be extended to all buildings being marketed for sale or rent, and the option to simply attach the asset rating to particulars will be removed. The requirement will only extend to the first page of the EPC (the EPC consists of two pages, accompanied by four pages of recommendations);
3. the requirement for the statutory lodgement of air conditioning inspection reports onto the central EPC Register.
See our downloads page for details of the policy changes as published by the RICS.
How do I request a commercial EPC?
To book a Commercial EPC, simply call us on 0161 929 8257