Energy Performance Certificates

Energy Performance Certificate for Commercial Property

EPC’s extended to all commercial properties

The Government has reminded business–owners that all firms selling or letting commercial property are now obliged to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). This legal requirement was introduced on 1 October 2008 and aims to give business–owners a better idea of the energy efficiency of their building, and to provide prospective commercial property owners, or tenants, with crucial information before making a decision. Previously, the legislation only applied to buildings bigger than 2,500 square metres. But now any firm which fails to provide potential buyers or tenants with an EPC risks a fine equivalent to 12.5% of the rateable value of their property. The EPC grades a buildings energy efficiency on a scale from A to G, with A being the most efficient. The average ratin... »

New Regulations spark Red Tape concern

A raft of new business regulations introduced on 1 October will create more red tape for small firms, business groups have warned. New rules brought in on the October ‘common commencement date’ — one of two days in the year when government departments introduce new business regulations at the same time — included amendments to health and safety legislation, company law and consumer protection. One of the biggest changes is the increase in the national minimum wage, which rose from £5.52 to £5.73 an hour for an adult aged 22 and over. For workers aged 18 to 21, the rate increased from £4.60 per hour to £4.77 per hour. The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) called the minimum wage rises “modest and sensible” but pointed out that man... »

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Energy Performance Certificates for buildings

Energy Performance Certificates Buildings are responsible for almost 50% of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions. The ways in which we light, heat and use our 25 million buildings all contribute to this. Even small improvements to energy performance and the way we use our buildings could have a significant effect on our fuel bills and carbon emissions and the UK’s commitment to tackling climate change. Improving the energy performance of buildings The way a building is constructed, insulated, heated, ventilated and the type of fuel used all contribute to its energy consumption and carbon emissions. The government is introducing a range of initiatives aimed at helping the UK improve the energy efficiency of its buildings and meet its carbon emission reduction tar... »

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EPCs for Commercial Buildings

EPCs – A Preface This guide is not a statement of the law, but is intended to help prospective sellers, buyers, landlords, occupiers, building managers, builders and their agents understand how the Directive and Regulations work in practice, how to apply the Regulations, what their responsibilities are and when energy certificates are required. Non-dwellings are responsible for almost 20 per cent of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions. This guide provides an introduction to the Regulations for energy performance certificates for non-dwellings on construction, sale or let in England and Wales. Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) promote the improvement of the energy performance of buildings and form part of the final implementation in England and Wales of the Eur... »

Energy Performance Certificates for Business - A-G Ratings - Energy Efficiency Rating and Environmental Impact Rating

Energy Performance Certificate for your Business?

From the 6th April all non-domestic properties over 500m2 that are constructed, sold or let will require an EPC. Energy Performance Certificates rate properties on a scale of A to G on Energy Efficiency and Environmental Impact through carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Band A is the most energy efficient and has the least environmental impact whilst Band G properties are the least energy efficient and have higher CO2 emissions. The average property is expected to be in band D or E and Certificates include recommendations on improving energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions in order for premises to have less impact on the environment. The EPC is expected to form the basis for any future "green taxes" where the least environmentally-friendly properties may be subject to higher r... »