What is an EPC?
A commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is an energy audit/survey of your property, the final product of which is a certificate that provides information on how energy efficient your dwelling is and gives it a grade based on this, A being very good, G being quite bad. You will also receive a Recommendations Report (RR) that will help lower your energy usage, reduce your energy bills, and increase savings.
Why do I need one?
It’s the law. Since 2008 if you are building a new commercial building, selling an existing commercial building, buying an existing commercial building, renting or leasing a commercial building, or substantially upgrading/changing an existing building of any kind then it is a legal requirement to have these calculations performed. Failure to do so results in fines.
Can you fail an EPC?
Yes. In 2019 the government released the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) making it unlawful to sell, rent or lease a property that achieves an EPC lower than an E. So, if your property achieves an EPC of an F or G, you cant sell, rent or lease it. Again, QuinnRoss Energy has been advising clients on improvements to the EPC score for their properties, long before the MEES regulations came in. We will know exactly the best methods to bring it into compliance and improve the efficiency of the building to aid compliance.
How long is an EPC valid for?
Once an EPC has been issued it is valid for 10 years providing no major changes are made to the property.