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What is an EPC?
An EPC certificate tells you how energy efficient your property is, aiming to give you an indication of how much it will cost you to heat and light the property, and how much CO2 the property emits.
It also crucially tells buyers or renters what changes they can make to improve the efficiency of the property in order to reduce their energy bills. This could include everything from adding/upgrading insulation, switching to energy-saving light bulbs and purchasing new A-Rated appliances.
The idea behind an EPC is to inform you of what you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your property, saving money, and also to demonstrate how attractive the property is from an energy perspective for potential buyers.
The better the rating the lower the cost of running the property.
What information does a commercial EPC contain?
An EPC is intended to inform potential buyers or tenants about the energy performance of a building. The purpose of an EPC is to allow consideration of energy efficiency as part of their investment or business decision to buy or occupy that building.
The EPC shows the energy efficiency rating (relating to running costs) of a non-domestic property. The rating is shown on an A-G rating scale similar to those used for fridges and other electrical appliances.
The EPC includes recommendations on how to improve the energy efficiency
Certification & Accreditations
- ISO 9001
- Gas Safe Certificate
- LCA Certificate
Is Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) compulsory?
No. The law simply requires an employer to ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger. It does not say how this should be done or how often. Employers should take a risk-based approach, considering the type of equipment and what it is being used for. If it is used regularly and moved a lot e.g. a floor cleaner or a kettle, testing (along with visual checks) can be an important part of an effective maintenance regime giving employers confidence that they are doing what is necessary to help them meet their legal duties. HSE provides guidance on how to maintain equipment including the use of PAT.find out more