Commercial Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs): a closer inspection


Much like the multi-coloured sticker on a new appliance, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates how energy efficient a building is using grades from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). It is a certificate that would-be buyers or tenants get when they look at a property.

EPCs act as a guide to let potential buyers or tenants know how costly a property will be to heat and light, and what its carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be. An EPC will also state what the energy-efficiency rating would be if it was newly built or typical of the existing buildings, plus highlights cost-effective ways to achieve a better rating. Even if you rent your building, some improvements noted on the EPC may need to be implemented, such as switching to more energy-efficient light bulbs, to comply with regulations on the minimum EPC rating.

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