A Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which is valid for up to 10 years, measures the energy efficiency of a property using a rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). The report also contains typical energy costs and recommendations about how to reduce energy use and save money. A Commercial EPC is much more detailed than a Residential EPC and is carried out by a qualified Commercial Energy Assessor.
Whether you own a small retail unit or multi storey office block, a Commercial EPC is required when selling, letting or building a commercial premises. It is also a legal requirement for the EPC to be carried out prior to marketing the property and made available to a prospective buyer or tenant on request. The failure to provide an EPC can result in a fine between £500 – £5,000. There are, however, some exemptions which apply including: