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.
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