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Commercial EPCs in Central London

Commercial EPC assessor near me? Thats us!

Central London is very much our home turf - Haptic EPC was founded by experts in the Central London Commercial property industry and it's where we're based. Our services here range across the ever-entertaining West End, the commercial hub of The City and the rising star of London Bridge.

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Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
Key facts:

  • Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) play a crucial role within the MEES regulatory framework, offering a clear and straightforward illustration of a building's energy efficiency. In most cases, they are legally required for non-domestic buildings, and they must be produced upon construction, sale, or leasing.

 

  • Following a thorough assessment, buildings are assigned a rating in the form of a letter, ranging from 'A' (the most efficient) to 'G' (the least efficient). The building owner receives a copy of the certificate and it is lodged on the government register and publicly viewable. The landlord also receives a recommendation report based on the findings of the survey giving further steps to improve the energy efficiency of their building.

 

  • EPCs remain valid for a period of 10 years from the date of lodgment, unless they are voluntarily updated with a new EPC or in the event of a significant refurbishment taking place.

  • As of April 2023, regulatory changes have elevated the standards further, making it illegal to have buildings rated 'F' or 'G,' regardless of their leasehold or tenancy status. Violations of this regulation can result in financial penalties of between £5,000 - £150,000. Anticipated future regulatory updates include a minimum 'C' rating in 2027 and a 'B' rating by 2030.

  • Haptic EPC & Advisory specialises in rapid on-site surveys in and around London, striving to deliver reports within a 24-hour timeframe. We also provide practical and efficient procurement solutions to enhance energy efficiency.

  • For the most complex buildings a Level 5 EPC may be required, this is a proportionally larger undertaking requiring specialist software and assessment in which we are fully qualified.

Step-by-Step Guide to Getting a Commercial EPC in Central London

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1. Booking & Pre-survey

Before your EPC survey providing the following information is highly beneficial, it is an 'ideal' list so don't worry if any of these are missing:-

  • A current, to-scale floorplan that includes geographical orientation and ceiling height(s).

  • The building's construction history, including any extensions or significant refurbishments.

  • Mechanical & Electrical (M&E) manuals.

  • Operations & Maintenance (O&M) manuals.

  • Lighting design specifications (including spare bulbs).

  • Records of any condition-based surveys, often conducted at the time of purchase.

  • Details of recent contractors or fit-out companies that have worked within the space.

By furnishing this information, you contribute to a more precise and comprehensive EPC assessment.

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2. Your Site Survey

Our EPC surveys are conducted by fully qualified & insured Non-Domestic Energy Assessors (NDEAs). These surveys are typically completed in less than an hour and are designed to minimise disruption to your staff. Our assessors focus on key areas such as walls, windows, Heating Ventilation and cooling (HVAC) systems, and any hot water systems that may be in use.

It's essential to note that any areas or equipment inaccessible to the assessor are assumed to have default, less efficient values. Therefore, ensuring access to all areas and equipment is in your best interest.

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3. Post-Survey

After the on-site survey, the gathered data is meticulously collated and entered into the government's ISBEM software. This step yields two primary outcomes: the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a score ranging from 'A' to 'G' and a recommendations report detailing energy-saving suggestions.

This phase of the process constitutes the most time-consuming part. In fact, approximately 80% of the total time required to generate an EPC is dedicated to data analysis.

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4. Your EPC Report

Once your EPC score has been calculated, our assessor will promptly get in touch with you for a discussion. Following the receipt of payment, we will proceed to list your certificate on the official government register, a process known as "lodgement." This ensures that your EPC is publicly accessible.

In addition to the public listing, you will also receive digital copies of both the EPC and the recommendation report. Many of our clients find this comprehensive package sufficient to continue with their business confidently. However, for those seeking more specialized guidance on achieving energy savings, our Advisory service is available to provide expert assistance.

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Haptic EPC: The only energy assessors for central London property

 

Expertise with a Local Touch

We've lived and worked in West End property for over a decade. From the retail extravagance of Oxford & Regent Street in the West End to the high-rise temples to business dominating The City’s skyline and the bustling commercial stretch around London Bridge, our expertise somehow seems to be at its very best when 'in town', probably because we're familiar with the buildings, streets and property jargon - its a world all of its own.

 

Prompt, Precise, and Professional Service

Nowhere is the phrase 'time is money' truer than in Central London, whether you're in desperate need of a 'rubber stamp' EPC to allow a deal go through or to begin the ball rolling with a BREEAM assessment for your development to get the green light,  every hour and day counts. We were founded specifically to tend to this demand, as such we deploy rapidly from your initial contact and understand that you don't want to be left in the lurch waiting for a certificate. We pride ourselves on providing a prompt service but if you need an EPC extremely urgently you should consider using our premium same-day service.

 

Some Central London EPC case studies:

  • Whether its super-prime office space or hotels in central London, we offer top tier Non-domestic EPCs for a diverse range of commercial properties in the West End, The City, Clerkenwell, Soho, Noho, Mayfair, Bloomsbury, Holborn and London Bridge areas. Click below for our full Portfolio.

 

EPC Case studies Mayfair Clerkenwell London Bridge

Postcodes include:

Central London Postcodes:

EC1: EC1A, EC1M, EC1N, EC1P, EC1R, EC1V, EC1Y

EC2: EC2A, EC2M, EC2N, EC2P, EC2R, EC2V, EC2Y

EC3: EC3A, EC3M, EC3N, EC3P, EC3R, EC3V

EC4: EC4A, EC4M, EC4N, EC4P, EC4R, EC4V, EC4Y

West Central London Postcodes:

WC1: WC1A, WC1B, WC1E, WC1H, WC1N, WC1R, WC1V, WC1X

WC2: WC2A, WC2B, WC2E, WC2H, WC2N, WC2R

Services

We offer the following building energy solutions in central London and beyond

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Decoding EPC Ratings: A Guide to Understanding EPC ratings range from 'A' most efficient to 'G', the least

A+ Rated

Ultra rare, super premium property - think 'Grand Designs' but built by committed energy champions, expect substantial premiums for rental, purchase or construction. to achieve A+ rating the building in question must have negative levels of emissions i.e. it generates more energy from renewables than it consumes. Less than 0.2% of buildings in the UK are A Plus rated.

A Rated

Rare buildings (less than 3% of the total building stock in the UK) with excellent and highly efficient HVAC, premium rents and potentially substantial costs to achieve.

B Rated

A strong but statistically easily achievable level of energy efficiency, around 30% of UK commercial building stock is rated B - more importantly it is expected to become the minimum legal baseline for all commercial buildings by 2030.

C Rated

The largest single current category of British buildings with 35% of the current building stock residing here, mainly due to legacy gas powered heating & hot water systems. Expected to become the minimum legal baseline for all commercial buildings in 2027.

D Rated

A substantial minority, just under 20% of the building stock in the UK is rated D, pre-regulation building materials and insulation are often the reasons for a D rating

E Rated

The current legal minimum baseline, legacy HVAC, poor building materials all in need of improvement thankfully under 10% of the building stock is in this category, will need to instigate substantive improvements before the 2027 and 2030 changes.

F&G Rated

F or G rated non-domestic buildings became illegal to lease or sell in April 2023, immediate improvements are required before they can enter into a transaction. These EPC ratings can significantly alter the value and desirability of commercial properties in London for obvious reasons.

FAQs

Q: What is the minimum EPC rating required for commercial properties in London?

Q: How often do I need to renew my commercial EPC / How long do they last?

Q: Can improving my EPC rating really save my business money?

Q: What are some common recommendations for improving EPC ratings?

Q: How does an EPC impact leasing or selling my commercial property?

Q: OK - we're sold, when can you survey our space?

EPCs in London deep dive

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Introduction to Commercial EPCs in London
 

London leads the way for the property market nationwide and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have become a cornerstone in London's commercial property sector, a legally mandated commitment to sustainability and efficiency. We argue that by the end of the decade they will be one of the most important metrics a building is judged on, as important as location and design have been in the past.  As the city continues to grow, these certificates play a pivotal role in shaping a greener built environment. It is vital that building owners seek the best insights and guidance as they look to navigate this crucial aspect of property asset management.

The Importance of EPCs for London Businesses
 

The 'green pound' is a very real phenomenon with an increasingly large number of businesses seeking to actively minimise their environmental impact, buildings with the highest EPC ratings attract up to a 15% rent uplift as firms are willing to pay a premium for them -a 15% rental premium translates directly into increased capital value of the asset itself. Undertaking a full granular EPC survey with advice remains pound-for-pound the cheapest way to improve the value of your asset.

Legal Implications and Compliance
 

As of April 2023, regulatory changes have elevated the standards further, making it illegal to have buildings rated 'F' or 'G,' regardless of their leasehold or tenancy status. Violations of this regulation can result in financial penalties of between £5,000 - £150,000. Anticipated future regulatory updates include a minimum 'C' rating in 2027 and a 'B' rating by 2030. It is also widely anticipated that financial penalties will increase to match the increasing urgency with which this matter is being taken. It falls to local authorities to enforce compliance and to fines.

Energy Efficiency Measures and the Recommendations Report
 

The recommendations report which accompanies all EPCs should be carefully examined, it will highlight some key areas for improvement, one of the things we specialise in at Haptic is taking the broad brush strokes of the report and expanding on it in a meaningful way with clients (should they wish) we can explore in-depth solutions and even model what those changes might mean for the buildings EPC rating, appropriate works can then be contracted and if required a re-certification of the space.

Case Studies: Success Stories in London
 

We are immensely proud of our unblemished record with dozens of happy customers and nearly a million square feet of certified space - take a look at our portfolio of work to see the range of buildings we've surveyed in every corner of the Capital.

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