Energy performance certificates are an assessment scheme to assess the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. The commercial building is then given a score between A-G, where A is the most efficient and G the least efficient. Energy performance certificates are widely used in most countries worldwide. The main reasons for getting this type of certificate are to provide building owners with an opportunity to get an improved return on their investment, and to promote energy efficiency throughout the commercial property.
Property owners have a choice to get both the building and the tenants Energy Performance Certificates. The certificate usually has an overall rating that relates to the buildings design and materials used. If you are getting a new building the certificate will state whether the building and the entire property are eligible for the Energy Performance Certificates or not. You must consider how much you can save on your fuel bills by getting both the certificate and the energy performance certificate. You may be able to get some money back from the local council for improving the building’s rating if you meet certain criteria.
An additional incentive for getting energy performance certificates is the potential buyer’s benefits. If you sell your building in the future the potential buyers of your property could get an extra premium. This is because of the improvements you have made to the building. You may also qualify for an improved cell/ rent back arrangement, which will see your tenants pay rent for as long as they live in the property. A key strategy is to look after your tenants and make sure they have a good experience when renting, by improving the building and getting energy performance certificates.
If you rent out apartments or other accommodation, you should ensure your property gets at least an energy performance rating of A. It may be more than ten years before you get an improvement certificate, but you could save money in the long run. There are ways you can help yourself and your tenants in improving the rating before this period is over. You can start making changes to the property before you have it assessed. You can add on new domestic appliances such as washing machines and dryers, or install new ones that are efficient. You can also install low energy lighting and windows, or make arrangements for motion sensors to turn lights on when people are in the property.
If you don’t want to wait for the certificate to come through, you could work out what you need to do to improve the rating before you get the certificate. For example, you can increase the floor area of your rooms by installing double glazed windows. By putting in double glazing you will cut down on the amount of heat loss from the property and make your home more energy efficient. You could also put in ceiling insulation or improve the quality of the electrical connections.
To keep up to date with what you need to do for your buildings and how you are progressing you can contact the local Energy Performance Certificate body. This body gives you a detailed report on your energy efficiency, along with recommendations on what action you should take to improve the rating of your building. It is important that you follow these recommendations in order to continue to keep your rating as high as possible. If you don’t you may not be able to stay in business in those areas for long.