07 July 2008

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for commercial properties

The introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) as part of Home Information Packs (HIPS) for residential properties has been well publicised. It is however surprising that the lack of awareness with businesses and Landlords in respect of the the impact of EPCs on commercial properties. It is vital for Businesses to understand the regulations or they will risk fines up to £5,000.

The EPCs have already partially come into force. By October this year the majority of commercial properties will require an EPC. The current timetable is as below:

6 April 2008 - EPCs required on construction for all dwellings. EPCs are required for the construction, sale or rent of buildings other than dwellings with a floor area over 10,000 m2.

1 July 2008 - EPCs required for the construction, sale or rent of buildings other than dwellings with a floor area over 2,500 m2.

1 October 2008 - EPCs required on the sale or rent of all remaining dwellings EPCs required on the construction, sale or rent of all remaining buildings other than dwellings.


4 January 2009 - First inspection of all existing air-conditioning systems over 250 kW must have occurred by this date. 4 January 2011 - First inspection of all remaining air-conditioning systems over 12 KW must have occurred by this date.

All businesses need to assess if EPCs will b required and if they need an EPC. For further information visit: http://campaigns.direct.gov.uk/epc/
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