Ashton Melzack Associates
Commercial EPCs
Tel: 07774 878212
From 1 October 2008 when a building is sold, built or rented an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is required.
The certificate provides energy efficiency A-G ratings and recommendations for improvement. The ratings - similar to those found on products such as fridges - are standard so the energy efficiency of one building can easily be compared with another building of a similar type.
The rating is based on the characteristics of the building itself and its services such as heating and lighting hence this type of rating is known as an asset rating.
The asset ratings will reflect such things as the age and condition of the building, the heating and ventilation services, the degree of insulation, the glazing and  lighting systems and the means by which all these are controlled
The certificate is accompanied by a report which includes cost effective recommendations to improve the energy rating together with indicative paybacks.

Regulations on commissioning an EPC before marketing a property

There is a duty to commission an EPC before marketing for the sale, lease and rent of commercial buildings;

A seven day period is given within which an EPC is to be secured using ‘reasonable efforts’.

If after that 7 day period the EPC has not been secured the relevant person will have a further 21 days in which to do so.

An EPC has been commissioned when a Energy Assessor has been instructed to prepare the EPC and the EPC has either been paid for or has given a clear undertaking to pay for it.