What is a commercial EPC
and why do all commercial landlords need it?
Since 2008 an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) is one of the most basic forms of legal paperwork needed for all types of properties and premises.
BUT WHAT IS COMMERCIAL EPC?
Commercial EPC (like residential EPC) assesses how energy is being used within that building along with a guide on its energy efficiency potential if certain changes were made. EPCs are nothing new having been introduced for rental properties back in 2008. However, in April 2018, the legislation changed regarding a commercial EPC. It made it a legal requirement for all commercial landlords to have an energy rating above Band E. Those landlords who did not comply face being fined up to £5,000 by the Local Weights and Measures Authorities, which are responsible for regulating the legislation.
WHAT DOES COMMERCIAL EPC NEED TO BE?
The law now states that new or renewed tenancies for the same tenant or property cannot be granted if a property does not meet at least Band E. In addition, by 1 April 2023, non-domestic landlords will also not be legally allowed to continue to let their property which is already let if their EPC is below Band E.
Band E is set out as the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for a commercial EPC. So, anything below that needs to boost its energy efficiency right now. Most of the properties which would be likely to fall into this category are listed or older buildings, which will not have been built or designed with energy efficiency in mind. Or, their existing systems for lighting, heating and other types of energy use and efficiency may be old-fashioned or outdated and therefore not be the best option available either. But, that doesn’t stop newer built commercial property landlords from performing the necessary checks either to ensure that their commercial EPC is legally compliant too.
A COMMERCIAL EPC IS COMMON SENSE
The reasons for this change is legislation are numerous and all well-founded. The energy which is used for powering commercial and non-domestic buildings is responsible for around 12% of the UK’s energy emissions. So, there are many reasons why cutting your energy use is a good idea. In addition to the obvious need for legal compliance, it will:
- Reduce your company’s carbon emissions.
- Boosts your green credentials.
- Slash your energy bills which will benefit the bottom line of your business.
- Help to protect our environment too.
All commercial landlords should check to see if their properties meet these requirements if they have not done so already. The first step is to consult a Non-Domestic Energy Assessor to see where your property lies and if improvements need to be made. The next step is to make a plan on how to make those changes happen. Lighting consumes up to 30% of a commercial building’s energy. So, a great place to start is with your lighting solution and how to make it more environmentally friendly.
There are lots of simple measures you can take to cut the amount of energy your lighting uses too. For example, LED lighting uses up to 80% less energy than a traditional light bulb.
- ENERGY SAVING 80% 80%
LED helps adhere to your commercial EPC and saves you money
A complete LED refit will slash energy costs, energy use and be one step towards removing the risk of a fine because of failing to meet the requirements for a commercial EPC. It is also worth considering options such as dimmers, motion sensors, and educating your staff about the importance of turning off lights when they are not in use. Did you know that office lights which are left on overnight use enough energy in a year to heat a home for almost five months? Simple changes literally made overnight can make a lot of difference.
The team here at Planned Lighting Maintenance have worked with an impressive list of household names from Selfridges to Starbucks to implement energy-saving lighting solutions. We could do the same for your company too. Contact us for an initial consultation on how to get your commercial lighting solution covered and compliant services here.
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