Who needs an EPC?
If you are selling, renting or leasing a commercial property you need a Commercial EPC. If a commercial building is split into parts designed or altered to be used as separate businesses the parts may each require their own individual EPC.
We offer a fast, friendly and straight-forward service as certified Elmhurst and Quidos Level 3 EPC Assessors to supply you with a Non-Domestic Energy Certificate.
- A Commercial EPC illustrates how energy efficient the commercial property is on a scale of A-G, with A being the most efficient. The certificate also records the impact the property has on the environment. It is mandatory that a commercial EPC is in place prior to marketing a commercial property.
Newly constructed commercial buildings are also required to have an EPC.
EPCs are provided with a recommendation report highlighting how energy efficiency can be improved.
Commercial EPCs are valid for a 10 year period.
Why use LER for your EPC?
We offer a free lighting survey with each Non-Domestic EPC issued so that-
- Sellers can see how they might improve the EPC rating of their property by simple lighting changes
- Buyers can see how they might most economically improve the lighting of their newly-acquired premises before they move in. This should help lower future electricity bills and help create a better working environment for staff.
However, a building is exempt from an EPC if…
- it’s due to be sold or rented out with vacant possession
- it’s suitable for demolition and the site could be redeveloped
- the buyer or tenant has applied for planning permission to demolish itUnder current legislation, the following premises are exempt from requiring a commercial EPC:
- On lease renewals or extensions that were in place prior to 1st October, 2008, places of worship, stand alone buildings less than 50sqm or properties with consent to be demolished within a 2 year period
Non-compliance with commercial EPC legislation can result in a penalty. The penalty is of up to 12.5% of the rateable value of the property, with a minimum of £500 and a maximum of £5,000.
What is ESOS?
The Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme is an energy efficiency initiative requiring larger companies to undertake energy audits of their energy usage with a view to highlighting areas where energy usage can be reduced. The Government-led scheme required businesses (or groups of companies) with more than 250 employees or with annual turnovers over £42.5m to submit an energy audit.
What you should have done:-
- Appointed a Lead Assessor to undertake, oversee or review an energy audit and overall assessment.
- Measured your total energy consumption
- Identified areas of significant energy consumption (at least 90% of the total)
- Chosen a route to compliance in respect of each area of significant energy consumption and undertake the activity to comply via this route – such as ESOS compliant energy audits, a Green Deal Assessment or a Display Energy Certificate
- Submitted an energy audit (original deadline January 29th 2016)
The scheme is enforced by the Environment Agency who will apply fixed fines ranging from £500 to £50,000 (and daily penalties thereafter until compliance is achieved) for non-compliance, and those businesses not complying will be published (named and shamed!) at the end of each Phase (as ESOS needs to be undertaken every 4 years).
What are the benefits?
The benefits of ESOS can far outweigh costs and unnecessary penalties; it is estimated that a £5,000 audit could identify savings worth £120,000, or a £50,000 audit could identify savings worth £1.2m. Government predictions suggest that with just a 0.7% individual company energy reduction ESOS will help to deliver total UK energy savings in excess of £1.6bn! As well as saving your company substantial expense on energy, an ESOS Energy audit will give you the opportunity to achieve improved business efficiency and an improved working environment for your employees, although is not mandatory to undertake any proposals.
How can LER:LED help?
As accredited CIBSE ESOS Lead Assessors approved by the Environment Agency, we can provide a full Energy Usage Appraisal designed to identify, measure and deliver real energy savings. This highly accurate data forms part of your company’s assessment of your energy usage. Findings are then analysed and potential savings identified using dedicated software. These are presented through tables and graphs to easily show where savings are likely to arise. They provide data on estimation of present energy usage, savings areas and payback time of any proposed investments. An action plan can then be prepared, containing an executive summary and a detailed engineer’s report highlighting the areas that can benefit from highlighted changes. The figures will be broken down into monthly energy savings.
We can also help with a simple ‘sign-off’ of your company’s in-house audit before submission.
Can your company highlight energy savings opportunities?
Given that over 60% of the UK’s electricity is consumed by electrical motors, and another huge percentage apportioned to electrical commercial lighting, our established Lighting & Energy Division, LER:LED is particularly well-placed should you wish to follow through on ESOS findings. Our Low Carbon Consultant will help you identify:-
- which motor applications could benefit from IE3 upgrades
- which motor applications would be suited to variable-speed drive control
- which motor applications are doing nothing and could be switched off
- which lighting could easily be retrofit to use LED fitments
- our findings can then be used as data for part of the ESOS energy audit.
On a typical production site with an annual electricity bill of £200,000, over 60% will be spent on running electrical motors. By the install of a variable-speed drive to these applications, a simple retrofit option can see energy costs fall by up to 70%. LED lighting retrofits will also see energy consumption fall greatly. This would go a long way towards ESOS compliance in the eyes of the Environment Agency.
Non-compliance enforcement announced
Enforcement and Sanctions guidance will be published soon, with the EA recently commenting “Where an organisation has done something rather than nothing before the deadline then this is obviously going to be more favourable to their case when we are reviewing it. We would recommend that organisations do as much as they can before the deadline even if they know they will not be in a position to comply fully.”
Call us now on 01332 873 118 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a no-obligation scoping call by a certified ESOS/EPC Assessor