1. What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
It’s a legal requirement to get an EPC every time you buy, sell or rent a property.
The EPC shows you the estimated heating, lighting and hot water costs, and carbon emissions released
over three years. The EPC gives you recommendations about how you can reduce energy use and
When is a Commercial/Non Domestice EPC Required
As soon as a building is in the process of being offered for sale or rent, it is the responsibility of the seller or landlord (i.e. the relevant person) to make available free of charge an EPC to any prospective buyer or tenant. The EPC must be provided by the seller or landlord at the earliest opportunity. Before a building is put on the market the seller or landlord must commission an EPC for the building. They are also required when a Non Domestic Building is built.
Are there any exemptions to having a commercial EPCThere are certain circumstances where a commercial building is exempt from an EPC on sale, let or construction, for example where a building is completely stand alone or detached and under 50m2.Always confirm with a Non-Domestic Energy Assessor whether your building falls under an exemption.
How long does a commercial EPC last forA Non-Domestic EPC is valid for 10 years unless superseded by a more recent EPC.