The following buildings are exempt from a commercial EPC:
- places of worship
- Buildings that are intended to exist for less than two years
- Agricultural buildings and some basic workshops with low energy demands.
- Detached buildings of less than 50 sq m (550 sq ft) are exempt.
- Where it can be demonstrated that a building is suitable for demolition or redevelopment it could be exempt – In this instance the property should have appropriate planning consents etc or the seller has reasonable grounds to believe that a prospective buyer intends to demolish the building.
A commercial EPC will not be required for a lease renewal or a lease extension or surrender or under a compulsory purchase order. ‘i.e. transactions that do not involve a new owner or tenant may not require an EPC’.