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Almost all commercial properties are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate when they are Sold or Let.
An EPC Rating gives any potential buyer or tenant an estimate for how much a property will cost to heat and light.
This Rating is not based upon existing or past bills but, on assumptions, on how the property is expected to perform compared to other commercial properties.
Commercial EPC Rating are based on assumptions about energy usage, instead of existing or past bills, so that the energy efficiency of one building can easily be compared with that of another building of the same type.
A Commercial EPC provides a standard energy and carbon emission efficiency grade from 'A' to 'G'. With the earlier the letter indicating a more efficient a property. An average commercial property receiving a grade of around 'D' / 'E'.
In addition a Commercial EPC also provides a recommendation report that lists cost effective and other measures (such as low and zero carbon generating systems) to improve the energy rating of the property.
These recommendations are assessed against their potential impact over three payback periods and indicate whether the potential saving is High, Medium or Low.
All EPCs are valid for 10 years.
Allied Surveyors aim to carry out all EPC's, usually within 3 working days of acceptance of our quote, and the completed certificate and recommendation report within a further 5 working days.
We can also email completed EPCs to lawyers and estate agents if required.
Allied Surveyors carry out Commercial EPCs nationwide.
Our office specialises in the greater West Midlands area including; Birmingham, Coventry, Staffordshire and Redditch. We also cover Shropshire, Central Wales and the Welsh Border.
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A Commercial EPC is calculated by analysing a number of physical attributes of the property focusing on:-
- Property - The Property Size, Age, Type and Materials used for Construction.
- Lighting - How the property is lighted and the efficiency of the lighting.
- Heat Generation - How efficiently a property produces Central Heating and Hot Water.
- Heat Loss - How well a property maintains its heat through insulation, windows and ventilation.
The following types of properties are exempt and do not require a Commercial EPC:
- Places of Worship.
- Temporary structures with a planned use less than 2 years.
- Stand alone properties with under 50m2 useable floor space.
- Properties due for demolition with a demolition order in place.
- Low energy demand properties e.g. agricultural barns.
Allied Surveyors have a specialist Energy Performance Certificate Surveyor who has already provided hundreds of Commercial EPCs to a wide range of clients throughout the West Midlands and beyond. These include Private Landlords, Commercial Estate Agents, Lawyers and Property Developers.
If you would like to find out how much a Commercial EPC may cost you, why not get a quote.