As part of the B38 Group commercial energy services available, we are able to ensure your commercial property has the required Commercial Energy Performance Certificate needed to prevent liability. A Commercial Energy Performance Certificate assesses a building by giving a standard energy and carbon emission efficiency grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’, where ‘A’ is the best and with the average to date being D/E.
A Commercial Energy Performance Certificate assessment will be carried out by a certified Non-Domestic Energy Assessor (NDEA), who is qualified to the level in which the property falls. As well as being qualified, each assessor must be accredited by one of the government approved bodies. They NDEA are regularly audited to ensure they are in compliance with the standards set.
Once the Commercial Energy Performance Certificate is complete, the report is registered with the central Landmark register for either England & Wales, Scotland or Ireland’ on completion and allocated a unique 24 digit Report Reference Number (RRN). A Commercial Energy Performance Certificate and Recommendation Report are drawn up for each commercial property assessed.
All commercial properties require a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate when being sold or let. The certificate comes with a recommendation report outlining how building energy performance can be improved.
The following types of properties are exempt from requiring a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate:
When letting or selling a commercial property, potential tenant and buyers may use the Commercial Energy Performance Certificate to compare the properties and assess suitability. Properties with the best EPC ratings are often more attractive to potential tenants and buyers as are likely to have less expensive running costs. A property can be legal to market as soon as an EPC is booked. A property is able to be marketed as soon as proof of booking is available.
The certificate will also indicate to the owner occupier of changes they can make themselves to reduce energy usage. This will support any inhouse green initiatives and potentially reduce spend on related energy costs. Changes could include upgrades to Air Conditioning, Heating systems or LED Lighting.
Any commercial property owner that fails to produce a valid Commercial Energy Performance Certificate is liable to be fined by Trading Standards anywhere between £200 to £5000 per property, depending on the rateable value of the building.
Not having a valid certificate can be an issue for both owners and property agents and can cause delays in marketing a property for sale or let. There is a shared responsibility between a property agent and commercial landlord/seller to ensure the commercial property is legal to market by having a valid EPC within 7 days of marketing.
As well as when a commercial property is marketed, an EPC is required when:
The Commercial Energy Performance Certificate is completed by analysing a number of attributes and components including:
Once the NDEA has the required data, the Commercial Energy Performance Certificate can be processed and produced using the Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) software. This is a government approved, standardised software program used throughout the industry.
To book a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate assessment, call us on 0800 0806 247 OR complete the contact form below to arrange a suitable time and date for your assessment.