Introduced by a European Union initiative in 2002, the aim of commercial EPCs is to reduce carbon CO2 emissions – by making properties use energy more efficiently.
EPC providers carry out an assessment to determine the energy efficiency of a building or commercial premises. A rating is then given, from A to G – where ‘A’ means the building is performing as well as possible.
Energy Performance Certificates include information about how energy is used, along with details of how much the energy used actually costs. This includes the energy use per square metre of floor area, a building’s energy efficiency based on fuel costs and the environmental impact of a building based on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
For premises owners, the key reason for an EPC assessment is to identify areas that need improving so that your building is as cheap to run as possible.
Why do I need an EPC?
When a property changes ownership or has been newly built, a commercial EPC must be produced.
The penalty for not complying with these regulations when selling or renting is 12.5% of the building’s rateable value.
The minimum fine is £500 though and the maximum penalty is £5,000.
A commercial EPC will still be needed even if these fines are imposed.
Any building which has air-conditioning units above 12kWs must also have a commercial EPC. It must also be reviewed every five years.
If you are a landlord who needs an Energy Performance Certificate, contact our EPC assessment team today by calling (01482) 574174.
We are fully accredited by the Home Insulation and Energy Systems Contractors Scheme (HIES) and promise to complete your EPC assessment promptly, no matter what size your property may be.
The benefits of EPCs
Commercial EPCs which show a property is highly energy efficient are obviously an advantage when it comes to selling or renting it.
Because every EPC assessment is valid for a 10-year period, the recommendation report can help to identify long-term improvement options which are open to the building owner or a potential owner or tenant.
The commercial EPC report also indicates whether the impact of the energy saving options outlined will have a short, medium or long-term payback period.
How we use SBEM software to create a commercial EPC
As qualified commercial EPC assessors, the skilled team, here at Martin Dixon Ltd use a Simplified Building Energy Modelling (SBEM) software tool to provide a detailed analysis of a building’s energy consumption. This can produce commercial EPCs for both existing buildings and new-builds.
The SBEM software is able to calculate the monthly energy use and carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of a building by taking into account its geometry, construction, heating, ventilation, air conditioning and lighting equipment.
The purpose of SBEM software is to produce consistent and reliable evaluations of energy use in non-domestic buildings to comply with Building Regulations and for Building Energy Performance Certification purposes.
Get in touch with our commercial EPC Hull team now
From our Yorkshire head office, we can offer EPCs in Hull, Beverley, York, Leeds and throughout the Yorkshire and Humber region.
For more information about commercial EPCs, call (01482) 574174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org