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Energy Assessment

Commercial Energy Assessment FAQ’s

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, get in touch with our professionally trained team for more advice:

Phone: 0161 929 8257

Domestic Energy Assessment & FAQ’s

BRE Accredited Energy Performance Certificates

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.

What is a Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

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.

Who can provide an EPC?

Only professionally qualified Domestic Energy Assessors with a Domestic Energy Assessment Diploma can provide this service.

Who is responsible for obtaining an EPC?

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.

What EPC changes are being implemented in 2018?

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.

I am having solar panels fitted and want to claim the government subsidy. Do I need an EPC?

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.

What are the benefits of having an EPC?

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.

What buildings will be exempt from providing EPC’s?

Some buildings are exempt from providing an EPC. Please get in touch for clarification on current legislation.

Will EPC’s be required for rented accommodation?

Yes the EU requires that Energy Performance Certificates will need to be provided for all rented buildings when they are marketed.

How long will it take to perform an energy assessment?

The time taken to perform an energy assessment will vary according to the size and nature of the property.

Is an EPC required for the private sale of a home between two individuals?

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.

What happens if my home gets a low rating?

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.

Our professional and friendly team is committed to providing an excellent and diverse service. Please get in touch if you require specialist advice regarding which service is most appropriate to your needs.


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