How often have you thought about energy being wasted and about how you can reduce carbon footprint? You can ensure that your home or office is energy efficient by getting an EPC Certificate and following the measures mentioned in the recommendation report. An EPC, whether domestic or commercial, gives you two pieces of information – 1) what is the existing level of energy efficiency, in the form of a rating (‘A’ to ‘G’) and 2) A recommendation report on how you can improve it.
EPC is generated by using the Simplified Building Energy Model Interface (SBEM), which is a government approved software. It is produced after an extensive survey of the various aspects of the property (lighting, heating, ventilation, and other mechanical and electrical fittings) carried out by a qualified energy assessor, domestic or non-domestic.
Surveys have shown that a significant percentage of properties going on sale or rent do not have EPC’s. It is important to hold an EPC as it will be a consideration for the buyer or tenant that a good level of energy efficiency is part of their investment. It is the responsibility of whoever is marketing a residential building for sale, to ensure that an EPC is obtained. Both, the owner and the estate agent can be fined for non compliance. In the case of a Commercial EPC, it is only the owner who can be fined.
A Commercial EPC, which is meant for all non-residential properties, such as factories, offices, hotels etc. differs from the domestic EPC in another aspect – the process of surveying the property and generating the EPC is a much more exhaustive process requiring a highly technically qualified assessor.
Having an EPC not only helps in reducing your costs but also helps you do your bit to protect the environment. So be compliant, today!