The legal obligation is on the landlord or owner of the freehold; however in practice if you are a tenant who needs your landlord’s consent to an assignment of lease, your landlord is likely to pass the cost onto you.

When you start marketing for sale the leasehold or freehold of your commercial premises, or when you assign or grant a commercial lease.

No he’s wrong! Virtually all commercial and residential premises will need an EPC. If Trading Standards find that you don’t have one, will your agent be paying your fine?

Trading Standards can fine you 12.5% of the ratable value of the land with a minimum fine of £500 and a maximum fine of £5,000. They can keep fining you until you get an EPC. The solicitors acting for a purchaser of your business or freehold will require you to get an EPC.

A lot! A commercial EPC involves a complete measurement survey of your building, measuring the u-value of your windows, the energy efficiency of your lighting systems, the efficiency of your heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems and the zoning of your building. A commercial EPC also lasts 10 years and is lodged with a publicly accessible database.

A domestic Epc entails an average half an hour survey of the property depending on the size and complexity. Various details will be noted and a plan of the property will be sketched. The surveyor will then produce a report which will give the property a rating. See my links page for an example.

A commercial epc will take a minimum of one hour site visit where a more detailed survey will be undertaken looking at the make up of the property, splitting into zones and analysing each zone in detail.

Epc’s turned around in 24 hours of site visits. Allow up to seven days for a commercial epc.

At present there are no punitive measures for a property which has a low energy rating however please feel free to contact ECO Logic and we will be happy to advise on what measures would improve the rating.

Only a qualified Domestic / Commercial Energy Assessor can perform an EPC Survey. All of our Assessors are professional and fully criminal record checked. They have undergone rigorous training and will be courteous and professional throughout their visit. The time spent on-site will vary depending upon size and complexity of the building but our Assessors will be as unobtrusive as possible. It would be helpful if any site plans and heating logs are made available to the Assessor prior to or during the survey.