Commercial EPCs

What is and EPC?

Since January 2009 practically all commercial buildings require an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) on the sale, letting or sub-letting. The Commercial EPC and its Recommendations Report must be made available to interested parties prior to marketing.

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates how energy efficient your building is at using energy.  Buildings are graded from A to G (with ‘A’ the most efficient grade).

EPC’s are different to a DEC’s. The primary difference is that an EPC looks at the energy efficiency of a buildings fabric and associated heating/cooling/lighting systems where as a DEC looks at the buildings energy use over a 12 month period, bench-marked against a similar building of similar use in the UK.

What do I need to know?

You must have an EPC if:

  • You rent out or sell the premises
  • A building under construction is finished

You can be fined between £500 and £5,000 based on the rateable value of the building if you don’t make an EPC available to any prospective buyer or tenant.

When you must display one

You must display an EPC by fixing it to your commercial building if all these apply:

the total useful floor area is over 500 square meters

the building is frequently visited by the public

an EPC has already been produced for the building’s sale, rental or construction


You don’t need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) if you can demonstrate that the building is any of these listed or officially protected and the minimum energy performance requirements would unacceptably alter it:

A temporary building only going to be used for 2 years or less used as a place of worship or for other religious activities

An industrial site, workshop or non-residential agricultural building that doesn’t use much energy

A detached building with a total floor space under 50 square metres

A building due to be demolished by the seller or landlord and they have all the relevant planning and conservation consents

What is MEES?

The minimum energy efficiency standard (MEES) was introduced in March 2015 by the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015. The MEES Regulations originate from the Energy Act 2011 which contained the previous coalition government’s package of energy efficiency policies including the Green Deal.

From 1 April 2018, landlords of buildings within the scope of the MEES Regulations must not renew existing tenancies or grant new tenancies if the building has less than the minimum energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of E. After 1 April 2023, landlords must not continue to let any buildings which have an EPC rating of less than E.

How do out find out more information/book your service?

Complete the quote request form above to receive a quote within 24 hours. Upon receipt of your order we will arrange for an assessor to visit your site and undertake the site audit. Our normal turnaround time for EPC’s is 2-3 working days after the site visit. This can vary depending on the job and can also be expedited depending on the urgency of the work required.

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