Commercial Energy Performance Certificates NDEPC certification efficiently, quickly and cost effectively anywhere in the UK
What Are Commercial EPCs?
Commercial EPC’s are an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) which rates how energy efficient your commercial building is. The certificates break down the information using grades raising from G, the lowest, to A, the most efficient.
Failure to have a valid Commercial EPC could result in a fine between £500 and £5,000 for your business.
You will need to also display an EPC on a commercial building if the following apply:
The total useful floor space of the commercial building is over 500m².
The public frequently visits the building.
An EPC already exists for the sale, rental or construction of a commercial building.
When Do you Need them?
If you are a Landlord and you would like to sell or rent your property or parts of your property you will require an EPC. If you are constructing a new building you will require an EPC on completion of the project.
EPCs have been a requirement under the above circumstances since 2008 and are valid for a period of 10 years.
Sometimes a landlord may want to change the use of their building from having large open plan spaces to smaller areas used for separate occupation by tenants, or Vice versa. In these circumstances, a new EPC or several New EPCs could be required depending on if there are also amendments to the mechanical ventilation, heating systems or air conditioning.
If you fall into either of these categories and would like any advice or a quotation, please get in touch with us. KTIC have provided EPCs for all types of Non-Domestic Buildings and have worked with a diverse range of clients including Landlords, Managing agents, Facilities managers, Environmental Consultancies and more.
KTIC are more than happy to advise in any of these situations and are also able to provide EPC certification efficiently, quickly and cost effectively if required anywhere in England and Wales.
We are also able to provide EPCs in Scotland, however, the regulations and requirements are different, please see our further section relating to Scottish EPCs.
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Take Action Now and Save Potential Problems Later
Recent changes to the EPC requirements that were brought in April 2018 now require landlords to take actions to improve the EPC rating of their building if it is currently below an E. If a new lease is being taken up landlords will not be allowed to rent out their property until they have improved its energy efficiency. KTIC can advise on this and also produce an enhanced recommendation report to show the quickest most cost-effective ways to improve the EPC rating.
Please feel free to contact us for advice, further specific guidance for a quotation and we will be very happy to help.
Scotland's Section 63 Assessments Take Action Now and Save Potential Problems Later
The Section 63 requirement, was brought into effect in Scotland in September 2016 and its aim is to improve the energy efficiency and reduce the carbon consumption of existing larger buildings within the country.
In Scotland, a section 63 action plan is required alongside an EPC for buildings that have a floor area of 1000m2 or over. The requirement is generated when a building is due for sale or lease and requires a new EPC.
The action plan will outline a number of potential improvements that will reduce the energy consumption and costs of the building when implemented. The action plan must be compiled by an accredited Section 63 advisor and EPC assessor.
Once complete and agreed upon then the building owner has three and a half years to implement the improvements and increase their buildings energy efficiency. If the Building owner decides not to implement the improvements then they must produce a DEC for the building, this must be carried out by a qualified DEC assessor and lodged annually. This will act to defer the requirement for the improvements to be carried out.
Once a building owner has carried out the improvements outlined within the action plan then a new EPC and action plan must be carried out to reflect the updated energy rating. Once lodged these will serve to show that the building owner has fully complied with their Section 63 obligations.
Although this process is legally required it does offer very good long-term opportunities to reduce the overall energy costs associated with the operation of large buildings in Scotland.
KTIC’s qualified Section 63 assessors and DEC assessors are available to provide guidance and to assist with this process. KTIC are also able to act as consultants with respect to helping clients implement the outlined improvements to their buildings.