Stacey Surveys Ltd
An Energy Performance Certificate EPC rates how energy efficient your building is using grades from A to G (with ‘A’ the most efficient grade).
Commercial building owners in Cardiff need to be aware that for enforcement purposes, it is the responsibility of the relevant person to make sure that the EPC is made available and provided to the ultimate buyer or tenant. This is the case, even if in practice this is done by someone else (e.g. an agent or building manager/ managing agent).
You can be fined between £500 and £5,000 based on the rateable value of the building if you don’t make an EPC available to any prospective buyer or tenant.
With us being based just outside Cardiff, we are ideally placed to provide a competitively priced EPC service for your commercial building.
Who Will Carry Out The Commercial EPC?
When you use a national Company anyone from anywhere could turn up to carry out the survey. When using our services, the Commercial EPC assessment will be carried out by our certified Non-Domestic Energy Assessor (NDEA), Phil Stacey
When you need an EPC
You must have an EPC if:
you rent out or sell the premises
a building under construction is finished
there are changes to the number of parts used for separate occupation and these changes involve providing or extending fixed heating, air conditioning or mechanical ventilation systems
If you are due to rent or sell a commercial property, then you are legally obliged to get an EPC report produced. This law has been in place since 1st October 2008, all non-domestic buildings on construction, sale and rent, have been required to have a commercial Energy Performance Certificate EPC and a Recommendation Report, this includes all commercial properties in Cardiff, including all types of shops and offices.
The history of Cardiff in Wales is long and varied, and as a result there is a diverse stock of buildings across the city. The town grew rapidly from the 1830s onwards, when the Marquess of Bute built a dock, which eventually linked to the Taff Vale Railway. Cardiff became the main port for exports of coal from Rhondda, and Rhymney valleys. Cardiff had overtaken both Merthyr and Swansea to become the largest town in Wales. Behind the docks rose the vast array of Commercial buildings ,
We have an experienced commercial EPC surveyor to take account of this history and heritage, with over 10 years experience in surveying the energy efficiency of buildings. The surveyor would also take account of buildings that may be exempt from having an EPC. Such as 'buildings and monuments officially protected as part of a designated environment, or because of special architectural or historic merit, in so far as compliance with certain energy efficiency requirements, would unacceptably alter character or appearance'.
A sub-standard property is any property that falls below an E rating. Where a property falls below this rating, the recommendation report that was produced with the EPC, should be used to see how the buildings energy rating can be improved. The last section in the report 'other recommendations selected by the energy assessor', should give detailed improvement measures that you can use to improve the energy rating of the property.
Non-domestic minimum energy efficiency standards MEES will be introduced in a phased manner, with triggers from 1 April 2018, and a backstop date on 1 April 2023. From 1 April 2018 landlords must not let any such sub-standard non-domestic property to new tenants, or renew or extend an existing tenancy agreement with existing tenants.