The EPC regulations and low-energy industrial units

The Energy Performance Certificate Regulations (the 'Regulations') require a prospective seller or landlord of property to make a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) available to any prospective buyer or tenant, free of charge.  An EPC may also be required in situations where a property is being newly built, significantly altered or has been subject to works which will improve the property's energy efficiency rating. 

There are, however, a number of exemptions from the requirement to provide an EPC in these situations. Some of these exemptions are explored further below, with a particular focus on those applicable to low-energy industrial units.

For more information on industrial sites with a low-energy demand, you can read the guidance here.

On a related note…

If an existing property does not currently have an EPC, the owner does not need to commission a first EPC unless the property is being sold, rented or significantly altered.  Further, a property owner does not need replace an existing EPC for a property just because the EPC is over 10 years old.  A person with an interest in a property can voluntarily commission an EPC for that property at any time.

For more information…

If you or your company would like some more information, please contact Stephen Newson or Ben Butterworth.