Energy Performance Certificates
Since the 1st October 2008, commercial buildings marketed for sale or to let require an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This forms part of the implementation of the European Directive 2002/91/EC on Energy Performance of Buildings and will be valid for a period of 10 years or until a newer EPC is produced for the building.
EPCs are intended to inform potential purchasers or tenants of the energy performance of the prospective building. The information within the EPC should allow for the consideration of energy consumption as part of the property transaction.
The certificates will look similar to other energy labels that we are now accustomed to on household appliances and new vehicles. The certificate will display the results on a scale of A to G with A being the most efficient and G the least. It is important to note that the EPC will be an asset rating for the building and as such, will estimate the potential energy consumption based on the building fabric and use.
As part of the EPC a recommendation report is issued which will highlight potential areas for improvement of the buildings energy efficiency. These reports can be software generated, or bespoke to give a greater range of options.
Failure to comply with the requirements can result in fines ranging from £500 to £5000, with local authorities enforcing these requirements.
Only accredited energy assessors can undertake EPC's. At present, the number of assessors is considerably below the levels needed. Thames Laboratories have a number of accredited assessors and are able to assist in meeting the demand for EPCs.
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