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Energy Performance Certificates

In addition to our normal plans services our RICS energy assessors are also able to provide our customers with the associated domestic or commercial Energy Performance Certificates for the property.

All buildings are now required by the European Directive on the Energy Performance of Buildings to have an Energy Performance Certificate on the sale, rent or construction of the building.

The legislation commenced with EPC's for domestic properties, and from 6th April 2008 all commercial buildings with a floor area greater than 10,000 sq mtrs which are newly built, to be sold or for a new tenancy were required to have an EPC.

From 1st July 2008 the minimum floor area was reduced to 2,500 sq mtrs.

From 1st October 2008 it was reduced to include properties less than 2,500 sq mtrs.


EPC's are NOT required before the construction of a building is completed. Nor are they required on the sale, rent or construction of:

  • Places of worship.
  • Temporary buildings with a planned time of use less than two years.
  • Stand alone buildings with a total useful floor area of less than 50 sq mtrs that are not dwellings.
  • Industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings with low energy demand.

The purpose of EPC's is to enable potential buyers or tenants to consider energy performance of a building as part of their investment. Transactions which do not involve a new owner or tenant may not require an EPC. Examples might include: 

·                  Lease renewals or extensions to existing tenants.

·                  Compulsory purchase orders.

·            Lease surrenders.

 
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