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Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s)

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) became a legislative requirement on 1st October 2008 for residential properties ... view case study


Energy Performance Certificates

Most non-dwellings now require an EPC when constructed, sold or rented. The Certificate includes an energy rating, as well as advice on how to make cost effective improvements to the building to make it more energy efficient.

EPC's

Stiles Harold Williams are RICS accredited providers of commercial EPC’s. From 4 April 2009 all non-dwellings require an EPC when constructed, sold or rented. The Certificate includes an energy rating, as well as advice on how to make cost effective improvements to the building to make it more energy efficient.

Exemptions to the requirement for an EPC :

  • Places of worship
  • Temporary buildings in use for less than two years, e.g. site offices
  • Low energy demand buildings such as agricultural buildings, e.g. barns
  • Stand alone buildings less than 50m², e.g. sheds and summer houses
  • Lease Renewals & Extensions

Why?

The Government introduced The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 in line with EU protocol.

The legislation aims to promote improvement of energy performance of buildings and is recognised as contributing to the lowering of carbon dioxide emissions.

Details

Energy Performance Certificates are valid for 10 years and must be available prior to marketing of a property. For commercial lettings, an EPC is only required for a newly leased property. Landlords and property managers are responsible for ensuring that an Energy Performance Certificate is made available.

On an assignment or an underletting of part of a building, it may be possible to arrange for the party who is assigning, or granting the underlease to request that the landlord provide an EPC for the whole building. Alternatively, the seller or the tenant granting the underlease can arrange for an EPC for just the part of the building being rented. Ultimately, the cost must be borne by the party who is selling or granting a lease.

The EPC certificate will be accompanied by an advisory report on cost effective improvements, which is valid for 7 years.

Penalties

Trading Standards will enforce certification of existing buildings. Under the Regulations relating to EPCs, there is a civil liability penalty for not providing an EPC.

The penalty comprises a fine of 12.5% of the rateable value of the property (subject to a minimum of £500 and a maximum of £5,000) which can be a re-occurring cost, plus additional enforcement of having an EPC commissioned.

Contact our Specialists

For further information on all our Energy Performance Certificates services.

Getting an Energy Performance Certificates (EPC's) quote

For a full quote you will need to be able to provide us with the following information:

  • Property Address
  • Property Use e.g Shop, Warehouse, Office, Mixed
  • Date Built
  • Approximate size (sq ft)
  • Air Conditioning present? (Yes/No)
  • Are scaled drawings available? (Yes/No)

If drawings, plans, photographs etc are available, would we be able to have copies of these?