Energy Performance Certificates Commercial Property Bristol

Energy Performance Certificates For Commercial Property – Bristol

Energy-Performance-Certificates-Commercial-Property-BristolCommercial Energy Performance Certificates (or Commercial EPC’s) are similar to domestic EPC’s. The energy certificates for commercial buildings will have a similar look and carry the graphical energy ratings as for domestic energy certificates.

A Display Energy Certificate (or DEC) is rather different in appearance and the contains different information to that of a Commercial EPC.  DEC’s must be displayed in a public place and are applicable to public buildings only.

 

Legislation for Commercial and Domestic EPCs

As from 6 April 2008:
An EPC is required on construction for all dwellings.
EPC’s are required for the construction, sale or rent of buildings other than dwellings with a floor area over 10,000 m2.

As from 1 July 2008:
EPC’s are required for the construction, sale or rent of buildings other than dwellings with a floor area over 2,500 m2.

As from 1 October 2008 – EPC’s are required on the sale or rent of all remaining dwellings.
EPC’s are also required on the construction, sale or rent of all remaining buildings other than dwellings.
Display certificates required for all public buildings in excess of 1,000 m2.

By 4 January 2009 – First inspection of all existing air-conditioning systems over 250 kW must have occurred by this date

By 4 January 2011 – First inspection of all remaining air-conditioning systems over 12 kW must have occurred by this date

A system which is first put into service on or after 1 January 2008 must have a first inspection within 5 years of it first being put into service.

These dates and details may be subject to revision at any time. These dates released by CLG. Please check with the CLG Website for clarification and up-to-date legislation.

Exemptions to the requirement for a Commercial EPC, these exemptions include:

Places of Worship, such as churches
Temporary Buildings: In Use For Less Than 2 Years (Portable Buildings and Site Buildings)
Low Energy Demand Buildings (example Farms Outbuildings and Barns)
Stand Alone Buildings Less Than 50m2. (Small outbuildings like Sheds or Summer Houses): In general, commercial premises are exempt that are less than 50m2 Gross Internal Area. (GIA)

EPBD Surveys

The EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (or EPBD), stipulates that as from April 2008 any commercial property in the UK, which is within certain limits, will require an Energy Performance Certificate upon construction, or prior to the sale or lease of existing properties in the UK.

The Cost of Commercial EPC’s in Bristol

Commercial EPC costs associated with the issue of an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for non-dwellings or Display Energy Certificates (DEC) for public buildings are difficult to quantify due to the nature of the construction, the complexity, and size of the building which is being examined in each individual case.  It is best to call for a quote, having handy some basic details of the property to be assessed, such as square footage, number of floors and an outline of what the premises are used for.

Commercial EPC period of validity

Commercial EPC’s are valid for up to 10 years. The certificate must be made available to a prospective tenant or buyer before entering a contract for sale, rent, or lease.

About Energy Performance Certificates For Commercial Properties

The assessment/survey is carried out (In England & Wales) using Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) which is also used for part L of the Building Regulations. A number of energy assessment procedures may be employed dependent on the type of building and its use. Such methods include SAP, SBEM procedures: Property managers refer to Business Energy Saving Measures to reduce overheads and improve your buildings energy rating.

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