energy performance for buildings directive

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... »