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Do Your Domestic and Commercial Buildings have Up to Date Energy Certification?

Do Your Domestic and Commercial Buildings have Up to Date Energy Certification?
  • PublishedFebruary 8, 2024

In the UK, property owners must adhere to numerous legal requirements regarding Energy Certification for Domestic and Commercial Buildings. These obligations apply when buying and selling property. As well as owners operating within buildings, particularly concerning energy and air conditioning assessments.

Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC):

Homeowners must obtain a valid Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before selling their property. An EPC rates energy efficiency from A to G. This certifciate provides crucial details about a property’s heating system, lighting, and insulation systems.

Legal requirements for EPCs when selling a property in the UK include:

  • Sellers must commission an EPC before marketing the property.
  •  Sellers must provide the EPC to potential buyers at no cost.
  •  The EPC must be available promptly, within 28 days of marketing the property.
  •  The property’s energy efficiency rating must be displayed in all advertisements.
  •  The EPC must be valid for up to 10 years.
  • Accredited Energy Assessors must produce EPCs.

Failure to comply may result in penalties ranging from £500 to £5,000.

Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (CEPC):

Before selling or leasing commercial property, a valid Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (CEPC) is required. Similar to the EPC, it provides information on energy efficiency and must be obtained within 10 years.

The legal requirements for CEPCs when selling or leasing a commercial building in the UK include:

  • The seller or landlord must obtain a valid CEPC before marketing the property.
  • The certificate must be displayed in all advertisements.
  • The Commercial Energy Performance Certificate must be provided to potential buyers or tenants at no cost.
  • The certificate must be available promptly, within 7 days of request.
  • The CEPC must be valid for up to 10 years.
  • Accredited Energy Assessors must produce CEPCs.

Failure to comply may result in penalty charge notices ranging from £500 to £5,000.

Air Conditioning Energy Assessments and Inspections:

Commercial premises with air conditioning systems must undergo Air Conditioning Energy Assessments (ACEA) and Inspections (ACEI) in compliance with the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations 2012.

Legal requirements for ACEAs and ACEIs in the UK include:

  • Buildings with air conditioning systems rated at 12kW or more must have a valid ACEA report.
  • Accredited Energy Assessors must conduct ACEAs.
  • ACEA reports, including energy efficiency recommendations, must be provided to building owners or managers.
  • ACEA reports are valid for up to 5 years.
  • Building owners or managers must implement ACEA recommendations within a reasonable timeframe.
  • Buildings with air conditioning systems rated at 250kW or more must have a valid ACEI report.

Failure to comply with these requirements may result in penalty charge notices ranging from £300 to £5,000.

Overall, these assessments and certificates are aimed at improving the energy efficiency of buildings and reducing carbon emissions a key part in fighting global warming. They also help building owners and managers comply with legal requirements and avoid penalties.

 

Written By
energyman