How the Commercial EPC is carried out

We have successfully carried out 1000’s of commercial EPC to properties throughout the country, to name a few:
- Prestigious London buildings within its financial sector.
- 100’s of high street banks all over the UK.

A qualified assessor would need to visit the property and carry out a physical/visual inspection, which will include the building fabric/lighting and all services. During the visit, the assessor will determine the various areas, and convert them into zones, then calculate the dimensions for all these zones. All the measurement details from the building/zones are inputted and recorded to the SBEM software to calculated the total size (m2) of the building.

Sometimes the assessor can gather information from the site relevant to lighting and plant however, some information about the building may not be obvious to our assessor when they are onsite inspecting the property then additional information maybe sought from the person commissioning the EPC.

Typical information that maybe asked to provide clarification maybe :
- Information on various extensions and alterations with completion details,
- Technical details for heating/cooling/mechanical ventilation and all plant.

If the information is not provided and cannot be clarified, the assessor is obliged to revert to default values, which will reduce the rating on the final report. However if supplementary and adequate information is provided, then the assessor will be able to override those values and help produce an EPC with a more acceptable score.

At Melville EPC we prefer to keep a close relationship with the customer, therefore we will keep the customer up to date with the report before the final copy is lodged onto the database, explaining to the customer how the value has been calculated.

Why you need an EPC

If you are selling, renting or commissioning a commercial building you must have an EPC survey undertaken to avoid any unnecessary penalties being served.

Authorised enforcement agencies have the power to investigate and request a copy of the EPC accompanied with an recommendation report. The responsible person then has only 7 days to produce this documentation.

The penalty for failing to produce a valid commercial EPC to any prospective buyer or tenant when selling/letting a commercial dwelling property is fixed and in most cases at 12.5% of the rateable value of the building. There is a minimum fine of £500 and a maximum penalty of £5,000. On receipt of any fines you would still need to produce a valid report, where the above formula cannot be applied, there is a default fine of £750.

When you must display one

You must display an EPC by fixing it to your commercial building if all these apply :
- The total useful floor area is over 500 square metres
- The building is frequently visited by the public
- An EPC has already been produced for the building's sale, rental or construction