Commercial Energy Performance Certificates FAQ

Below are some frequently asked questions that may provide you more insight into Commercial Energy Performance Certificates and why they have been introduced in Scotland.
If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

o What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
o An EPC is a document which states the energy efficiency of a building based on the standardised way that the building is used. Carbon dioxide (CO2) ratings are shown in bandings from A to G, with A being the least polluting.

The main focus of the certificate is the amount of CO2 which is estimated to be released from the building. The performance of the dwelling is benchmarked against current building standards and recommended cost effective improvements.

o What type of properties are effected?
o Many types of property come under this legislation, most notably: Office, Retail, Industrial units, Hotels and even residential properties converted for commercial use.

o How long will the Commercial EPC be valid for?
o A Commercial EPC will remain valid for 10 years unless major modifications are made to the building. More information can be found on the Scottish government website, but if in doubt please contact us, we are here to help.

o How soon do I need to supply a Commercial EPC?
o From the 4th January 2009, any commercial or industrial property being sold or changing leaseholder will require a Commercial EPC usually prior to being advertised.

o How much will a Commercial EPC cost?
o The cost associated with the creation of an EPC for commercial and industrial properties is difficult to quantify due to the nature of the construction, the complexity, size of the building and the potential complexity of the heating/cooling systems involved.

The price will be greatly effected by the quantity and quality of the information provided to us (drawings, floor plans). The more information you can provide to us, the cheaper your Commercial EPC will be.

o Are there any given instances where an EPC will not be required?
o An EPC is not required in the following situations:

- 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 50m2 that are not dwellings
- Industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings with low energy demand

EPCs are not required on sale or rent for any buildings due to be demolished in the near future.

o What is the penalty charge if I do not acquire an EPC?
o In most cases, the penalty charge will be 12.5 per cent of the rateable value of the building with a default penalty of 750 where the formula cannot be applied. The range of penalties under this formula are set with a minimum of 500 and capped at a maximum of 5,000.