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Energy Performance Certificate

Overview

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and Commercial Energy Performance Certificates (CEPC) rate how energy efficient your building is using grades A to G (with 'A' the most efficient).

When must you have one?

You must have a certificate:

  • For any sale or letting of business premises
  • When a building under construction is completed
  • When a building is changed in any way that gives it more or fewer sections and those sections are for separate use and heated, air conditioned or mechanically vented.

Penalty

If a certificate is not made available to any prospective buyer or tenant then the seller can be fined up to £5,000.

Valid

A certificate is valid for 10 years (unless after the certificate was produced, the building is changed in any way that gives it more or fewer sections and those sections are for separate use).

If any living accommodation is accessible via the commercial building (for example a public house), one CEPC is required for the whole building.

If any living accommodation has a separate access, then the building will need a CEPC for the commercial part and an EPC for the living accommodation.

Display

The certificate must be displayed in commercial premises larger than 500m2.

Changes to the Energy Act 2011

Provisions in the Act provide for powers to ensure that from April 2018, it will be unlawful to rent out a residential or business premise that does not reach a minimum energy efficiency standard (the intention is for this to be set at EPC rating 'E'). 

Please contact us if you would like to discuss CEPCs in greater detail.

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