EPC Commercial Scotland

EPC Commercial Scotland
53 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1LH
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EPC Commercial Scotland Frequently Asked Questions
01. What is a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate?
A Commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document which states the energy efficiency of a commercial building based on the standardised way that the commercial building is used. Carbon dioxide (CO2) ratings are displayed in bandings from A to G, with A representing the least polluting.
EPC ScotlandThe main focus of the certificate is the amount of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) which is estimated to be released from the commercial building.
EPC ScotlandThe performance of the commercial building is benchmarked against current building standards and Target Emissions Rate (TER).
EPC ScotlandA copy of the certificate must be fixed to the commercial building and is valid for a period of 10 years from the date of lodgement.
02. Why have Commercial Energy Performance Certificates been introduced in Scotland?
Commercial Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) been introduced in Scotland because the Earth's Natural Resources such as oil products, natural gas and solid fuels are limited, and steps must be taken to conserve these resources. Scientific studies have indicated that these resources also generate emissions for example CO2, which is considered to have a direct contribution to Global Warming. Making a commercial building more Energy Efficient through improvements in heating systems, insulation and air conditioning units leads to a reduction in energy consumption and, CO2 emissions.
Scotland, being part of the United Kingdom along with all European Union (EU) member states have an obligation under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) to promote improvement in the Energy Performance of both New and Existing Commercial Buildings.
03. What information is shown on the Commercial Energy Performance Certificate?
The Commercial Energy Performance Certificate displays the following information:-
EPC ScotlandAn indication of current Carbon Dioxide Emissions from the Commercial Property.
EPC ScotlandAn indication of potential C02 Emissions on an annual basis and also the Potential Energy Use of the commercial building.
EPC ScotlandA list of Cost Effective Improvements in order of Payback Period.
04. What should I do with the Commercial Energy Performance Certificate?
It is the responsibility of the commercial building owner to ‘fix the certificate to the building' - this is a legal requirement. The Commercial Energy Performance Certificate should be indelibly marked and located in a position that is readily accessible, protected from weather and not easily obscured. A suitable location would be the plant room or a cupboard containing the gas and electricity meter or the water supply stopcock.
05. When does a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate have to be produced?
A Commercial Energy Performance Certificate has to be produced for all commercial properties that are advertised/ marketed for sale or rent throughout Scotland.
06. Who can produce a Commercial EPC in Scotland?
There is no specified qualification for Commercial Energy Assessors in Scotland. The Scottish Government has entered into protocol with Professional Organisations/Institutions whose members have an understanding of the Scottish Building/Energy Sector. Only members of these Protocol Organisations may produce Commercial EPCs for New and Existing Commercial Buildings.
07. What does the 'Energy Efficiency Rating' on the EPC Certificate mean?
This shows the energy efficiency of the commercial building at present (current) and the future efficiency if the recommended cost effective measures are implemented (potential).
This is based on the Commercial Building Fabric Information, not the way in which it is used.
08. What does the Environmental Impact (CO2) rating on the EPC Certificate indicate?
The environmental impact rating indicates the amount of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from the Commercial Building at present (current) and the emissions in future (potential) if the Cost Effective Measures are introduced.
09. When should a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate be updated?
An individual Commercial EPC will be valid for a period of ten years. If major works are to be undertaken during this period, building owners can choose to have the certificate updated; however, this is not compulsory.
10. Do I have to update the Commercial Energy Performance Certificate after 10 years?
No. Only if the commercial property is rented or sold after the 10 year period. The same EPC can be passed to subsequent tenants if it has been produced by a member of a protocol organisation within this 10 year period.