EPC stands for Energy Performance Certificate. Commercial or Non-Domestic EPCs were introduced by the European Union (EU) initiative (Directive 2002/91/EC – EPBD) to help improve energy efficiency across all the member states. A commercial EPC is mandatory for commercial properties when being sold or let. Ratings are often used by tenants or potential buyers to make energy comparisons between properties. The EPC will identify where there is the ability to improve the energy efficiency of the building.
A Commercial EPC assesses a building by giving a standard energy and carbon emission efficiency grade from ‘A’ to ‘G’. An ‘A’ is the best and ‘G’ the worst, with an average rating of a commercial property to date being D/E.