Commercial EPCs

Commercial Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

From April 2023, new legislation requires all commercial rental properties to have an EPC rating of at least E or better and failure to achieve this will see landlords face potential fines of up to £150,000.

But don’t panic, with over 20 years of experience in assessing the energy efficiency of all sorts of properties, at Melin we’re here to help ensure your property meets the requirements. In fact, we’ve been providing Commercial EPCs for our clients since they were first introduced in 2009, so you know you’re in safe hands.  Whatever shape or size, we cater for all types of commercial buildings. Whether it’s a small shop, a warehouse or even a large property portfolio, our dedicated in-house team of surveyors stand ready to hit the road and work closely with our clients to make sure their properties meet their Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES).

To obtain a Commercial EPC, you’ll need the help of an accredited, certified, non-domestic energy assessor (NDEA). Melin employs a team of fully accredited, in-house energy assessors, with the knowledge, experience and expertise needed to assess the energy performance of your building(s).

So, whether you are selling, renting or even building a commercial property, please don’t hesitate to contact us here for further advice, a friendly chat or a quick quote.

What is a Commercial EPC?

A Commercial Energy Performance Certificate details the energy efficiency of a property.  It uses a rating system from A-G, with A being the most efficient.

The EPC report features the following information as standard:-

  • The asset rating – this stipulates the A-G Rating of the building.
  • A physical description of the property
  • Date of issue
  • A recommendation report containing suggestions for improving the properties energy performance.

The final certificate is lodged on the Government Register and can be retrieved using the post code or UPRN.

Planned Preventative Maintenance

Once the assessment is complete the recommendation report is a good place to start in establishing what additional measures or works might be required to improve the energy rating of your building. These works can then be incorporated into a planned preventative maintenance (PPM) schedule for your building.

A PPM schedule is a useful management tool to programme and budget for works to your property, including cyclical maintenance and more significant works, such as improvement works to reach the desired EPC rating. It is designed as a working document and for multi-let buildings it can be used to assist with preparing the service charge budget.

Do I need a Commercial EPC?

A Commercial EPC is required by law whenever a property is built, sold, or rented.  (Some buildings are exempt)

If you’re selling or renting a commercial property, you should order an EPC for potential buyers and tenants before you market your property. All commercial buildings are classified as either level 3, 4 or 5.  A commercial EPC can only be provided by an appropriately Qualified Assessor (NDEA) who must be registered with a government approved accreditation scheme.

I am a landlord, what are the minimum standards?

From 1st April 2023, the UK government made it mandatory for commercial landlords to improve the energy efficiency of rented properties.

From this date, commercial landlords are now obliged to ensure that all their rented properties meet an EPC Rating of at least an ‘E’, or they risk a substantial financial penalty.

Please note, looking further ahead it is proposed the minimum energy efficiency standards be increased to band ‘C’ by 1st April 2027 and band ‘B’ by 1st April 2030.

Can my property be classed as exempt from EPC requirements?

You can apply for your property to be classified as exempt if any of the following criteria apply:-

  • If a building is going to be demolished
  • Temporary buildings with less than two years of usage
  • An entirely detached non-domestic building with a total useful floor area of less than 50m2
  • Places of worship
  • Industrial sites, workshops and agricultural buildings with low energy demand.

Our Commercial EPC Process

We believe its important for you to understand the various steps in the EPC process, so that you’re aware of what we’re doing and why at every stage.

Step 1 – A date in the diary

We’ll work around you and endeavour to arrange an appointment that’ll fit in with your busy schedule (including evenings and weekends).

Step 2 – The site survey

One of our in-house fully accredited assessors will visit you at your building. The survey usually takes between 1-2 hours to complete.

Step 3 – Desktop Study

Using the information gathered from the site survey, our team will calculate and produce your EPC and outline any improvement recommendations.

Step 4 – Lodgement

We will formally lodge your Commercial EPC to the government register and send you a copy directly via email.

To start the process or if you’ve any other questions or queries, please get in touch or telephone us on 01554 571010 to speak to one of our assessors today.

 

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