When is an EPC required?

An EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) is now legally required as part of the sale, letting or construction of a commercial building, with limited exceptions (see below).

An EPC is valid for 10 years.

Why is an EPC required?

Much like the multi-coloured sticker found on new electrical appliances, an EPC will tell you how energy efficient a building is and what works need to be carried out in order to achieve a better rating. This allows a potential buyer or Tenant to consider energy efficiency in their decision whether to buy or occupy a particular building.

How is an EPC assessed?

EPCs are assessed by way of a rating system, ranging from Class A (very efficient) to Class G (very inefficient).

The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) currently provide that no building with an EPC rating within Classes F & G can be legally let without works to improve the energy efficiency of the building to a rating within Class E or above being undertaken.

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There are proposals for the minimum standards to be raised to Class D by 2025 and to Class C by 2030.

The issue of EPCs is therefore one which will become of greater concern to Landlords, particularly if the minimum standards are to be raised as proposed.

When is an EPC not required?

There are limited number of exemptions where an EPC is not required. These include places of worship, temporary buildings (where the planned use is less than 2 years), stand alone buildings with a floor area of less than 50 sq m that are not dwellings and buildings which are due to be demolished.

What if the EPC rating does not meet the minimum standard?

If the EPC rating of your property falls within Classes F or G then works to improve the rating to a Class E or above will need to be carried out. Our inhouse Facilities Management team can provide further advice on works required to improving the EPC rating of your property to a level which meets with the minimum standards.

How can I find out more? 

Please contact our EPC assessors to discuss your requirements.

Clarke Robinson NDEA Surveyor/ EPC Assessor
Clarke Robinson
Philip Brown BSc (Hons) MRICS Divisional Director
Philip Brown

Want to find out more? Call us on Hull 01482 648888 Doncaster 01302 341041 Scunthorpe 01724 282278 Grimsby 01472 267513

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