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How commercial landlords can avoid a £160,000 energy fine

Commercial landlords who fail to comply with energy-efficiency standards could face a fine of up to £160,000 per property – so what can they do to ensure they meet legislation?

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) rate energy efficiency on a scale from A to G, and from 1st April 2018 commercial landlords will not be allowed to let buildings which are ranked F or G. A considerable number of landlords are set to be affected, largely because four in five UK office buildings are over 10 years old and are more likely to fall short of minimum compliance standards.

From 2023, the legislation will be further tightened to disqualify buildings rated E on the EPC scale, meaning many property investors and buyers have now begun to factor EPCs into their decision making. This is already having an effect on commercial building values, and although some buyers are willing to upgrade non-compliant properties, an inadequate EPC will be a deterrent to many.

Commercial landlords concerned about the repercussions of non-compliance – namely the £160,000 per-property fine – can contact Gibbons Engineering Group for help. For many years we’ve been conducting energy audits for clients in the commercial sector, assessing equipment such as heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, electric motors and pumps. By identifying areas where energy savings may be made, we can recommend solutions and enable the client to make an informed decision.

Find out more about how Gibbons can help you make your building more attractive to potential tenants and meet the upcoming EPC guidelines by calling us on 01621 868138 or email

HVAC Services, Electric Motors, Pumps & Controls

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