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Commercial EPC Certificates Available by Leading Energy Assessors in London, United Kingdom

Last Updated 2nd October 2017 – LCEA carry out commercial EPC’s and are locally available in North London, South London, East London, West London, Central London, Northamptonshire, and carryout energy assessments throughout the whole of the UK, read on for a full breakdown of the certification process.

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) issued an update to the legislation on 9 January 2013 at which point commercial property occupiers and landlords became liable for a number of requirements.

Property advertisements must now include details of the EPC rating where available, which means that all sales or lettings advertisements in the commercial media should show the EPC rating of the property being advertised.

In addition, an EPC must be displayed in commercial premises larger than 500m² that are ‘frequently’ visited by the public where an EPC has previously been issued on the sale, rent or construction of that building.

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When are commercial EPC’s assessments required?

Since the 6th April 2008 the requirement for Commercial Properties (non-dwellings) to have a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required whenever a property is constructed, sold or rented.

Upon Construction –

The Building Regulations Part L specify standards for the energy performance of new buildings. Upon completion, it is the duty of the builder or the person responsible for construction to obtain a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the building including shell and core and buildings / units receiving their first fit out and provide it to the new owner and notify the local authority building control officers or approved inspectors once this has been done. Building Regulations stipulate the precise point by which this procedure must be completed. Building control will only issue a final completion certificate once they are satisfied that the EPC has been properly produced and provided to the relevant party.

This procedure also applies if a building is converted into fewer or more units and changes are made to heating, hot water provision or air conditioning/ventilation services.

 

Upon Sale –

For existing buildings that are to be sold, the building owner is responsible for ensuring that an EPC is made available to all prospective purchasers at the earliest opportunity.

 

Upon Rental –

When buildings are to be rented out, the landlord is responsible for ensuring that a valid EPC is made available to all prospective tenants.

Failure to provide the above may result in a penalty of up to £5,000 in addition to delaying exchanging contracts and an EPC will also be required to be in place.

Commercial Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are lodged on Government database and Trading Standards can check remotely whether a building is compliant with the legislation.

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Cheap Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) quotes. How much does a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate cost? Can low cost Commercial EPCs cause properties to be unsalable or unlettable?

The cost of a Commercial EPC is insignificant in comparison to the value of the sale or letting of a property. The most important consideration with Commercial EPCs is the knowledge, experience, and creditability of the energy assessor. Poorly produced Commercial EPCs could make your Commercial premises unsalable or unlettable.

The cost of the Commercial Energy Performance Certificate can have an impact on the quality of the EPC produced. Cheap EPCs can affect the amount of time the energy assessor spends on the energy assessment. The energy assessor may not carry out a detailed survey or research and calculate the correct energy efficiency rating for the property.  The assessor may only select the standard ‘defaults’ contained within the software programme. If the assessor has selected standard defaults, this can affect the co2 based energy performance certificate rating.

Research carried out in 2013 by WSP on 4,000 EPCs found that 17% of the UK’s commercial property EPCs were below that standard, with 14% of commercial buildings EPCs in London at risk… That’s, almost one in five commercial premises!

Based on the research, almost a fifth of the UK Commercial buildings will be unsalable or unlettable in 2018, as proposed under the new Energy Performance Certificate rules.  The new rules, due to be brought in via the Energy Act, state that all buildings must be have an energy rating of E or above (i.e. A to E).

 

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