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.
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.
Domestic Energy Assessment & FAQ's
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are needed for most domestic properties being marketed for sale or let.
Only accredited domestic energy assessors will be able to carry out assessments to produce Energy Performance Certificates Trafford Surveyors employ in-house BRE-accredited Energy Assessors, who produce EPCs for all types of properties.
If you need an EPC please get in touch with our professionally trained team for more advice and assistance.
See below for some FAQs.
An EPC will tell you how energy efficient a home is on a scale of A-G. The most efficient homes, and therefore ones with the lowest energy fuel bills, are in band A. The EPC will include recommendations on how to improve the home’s energy efficiency and therefore how to save you money and help the environment.
Only professionally qualified Domestic Energy Assessors with a Domestic Energy Assessment Diploma can provide this service.
The owner/vendor will be responsible for ensuring an EPC is available. This should be made available to any potential purchaser and provided to the eventual purchaser before a contract for sale is made.
From 2018 it will be illegal to let a property which has an EPC rating below E, It is recognised that there are some properties that will not reach an E rating and the Energy Assessor will note this on the EPC and a note of the highest possible rating will also appear.
Yes, for properties having solar panels installed on or after 1st April this year, you will be required to produce an Energy Performance Certificate rating of ‘D’ or above to qualify for a full FIT (Feed-In Tariff). For more information please get in touch.
For rental properties, the energy rating can help rent out your property. They indicate to a prospective buyer or tenant how energy efficient your home is. It should also provide information that may help to reduce the running cost of the property.
Some buildings are exempt from providing an EPC. Please get in touch for clarification on current legislation.
Yes the EU requires that Energy Performance Certificates will need to be provided for all rented buildings when they are marketed.
The time taken to perform an energy assessment will vary according to the size and nature of the property.
Yes, the EU Directive requires that Energy Performance Certificates will need to be provided for all buildings when they are constructed, sold or rented out. A new Energy Performance Certificate will be required, or an existing Energy Performance Certificate may be used if it is still valid.
This simply indicates your home could be more energy efficient. During the inspection several recommendations to improve the energy efficiency will be identified. Implementation of these could not only increase your rating and reduce carbon emissions but also save money on energy bills. It is up to you whether you implement the recommendations or not.