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EPC & Compliance


In accordance 2009 legislation:


An Energy performance certificate (EPC) must be produced whenever a Commercial building is let or sold, newly constructed or sub-rented. This certification additionally applies to any commercial premises subject to a 'change of use' or undergoing local authority planning consent e.g. 'building extension, in part or whole'.


Any existing building falling outside these parameters, legislation is also aimed to ensure commercial buildings are assessed a minimum every 10 years. this applies to all commercial buildings within England & Wales as well as separate legislation including Scotland and Ireland. Buildings  including;

• shops or retail units (including empty shell)

• offices

• shopping centres

• industrial units

• mixed use buildings

What is an EPC?


An Energy Performance Certificate otherwise known as an EPC provides an energy rating for a commercial building This is based on the performance potential of the building itself (the fabric) as well as its services (such as heating, ventilation and lighting).


The EPC provides a simple rating of the buildings energy efficiency and this is represented upon an easy to read certificate, in the same way cars and white goods have performance certificates


An EPC is  accompanied by a report, this includes recommendations on how the properties energy efficiency

can be targeted and improved together with an indication of the payback period of any enhancements


Why energy performance certificates are required?


An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is intended to inform tenants or potential buyers about the energy performance of a building, so they can consider energy efficiency as part of their business plans Or their investment decisions whether to buy or occupy that building.


What is the aim of the EPC?


Buildings are major consumers of energy. Around 40% of final energy consumption in the European Community is in the buildings we live and work in. The aim is reduce these carbon emissions by improving the buildings efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of a building



Are there any exemptions?


Given the above statistic on building emissions, you can see why so few buildings are exempt from

this legislation. Exemptions include:


  • Buildings under 50 m² (total floor space)

  • Continuations of existing lease

  • Compulsory purchase orders (Demolition)

  • Low energy demand buildings (Agricultural buildings e.g. barns, greenhouses etc)

  • Some temporary buildings

  • Churches and registered places of worship



Otherwise, the requirement to have an EPC is compulsory on

  • Completion of construction

  • Change of lease

  • Change of use

  • Sale of the property

  • Building additions in 'part or whole'


  • Every 10 years.


Additional information can be obtained from the Government Web Site


1st Class Energy can assist you with meeting those ever changing and stringent regulations

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