Guide

Energy Performance Certificates for business properties

Introduction

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) are required when any building is sold, rented out or constructed, and sometimes after refurbishment work. EPCs give information on a building's energy efficiency in a sliding scale from 'A' (very efficient) to 'G' (least efficient). A recommendations report setting out how the rating could be improved accompanies every EPC.

Only accredited energy assessors can produce EPCs for business premises. They analyse how buildings are constructed, insulated and serviced, and the type of fuel being used. If you are choosing a property from which to run your business, comparing EPCs can help you find the most energy efficient premises.

This guide focuses on EPCs for business properties, such as offices, shops and industrial premises. It describes when an EPC is required, what they contain, who can produce them and specific information for rented, new and existing properties.