Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are quickly becoming established as part of every day life for landlords, letting agents, property owners, property agents, business agents, solicitors and others. However, there is still a great deal of misunderstanding about why & when EPCs should be commissioned, the benefits/pitfalls and what is the right price to pay.
In 2007 the UK government implemented EU Directive 2002/91/EC and launched the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations. The regulations are designed to reduce CO2 emissions of buildings. An EPC shows the asset rating of the building as an A to G energy rating, with G being the least energy efficient. The Energy Performance Certificate is accompanied by a Recommendation Report, either as a separate document accompanying Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificates or as an integral part of the Domestic EPC document, setting out basic ways in which the building's energy efficiency could be improved. For more specific, targeted energy efficiency improvement recommendations for your business, a full Energy Audit should be commissioned.