New document to help businesses who are unprepared for the onset of certificates

The CBI has launched a guide about EPCs for businesses with property consultancy CB Richard Ellis. A recent survey by the organisation showed that more than half of firms (51%) were unaware of the requirements to obtain an EPC or have yet to take action.

"Property occupiers will need to be aware of the certificates when acquiring or disposing of property and can make use of the information in their decision-making as EPCS are a good way to judge a building's likely efficieny and running costs," said a spokesperson.

Non-domestic buildings will need an EPC when they are built sold or leased, with the largest buildings requiring one from April and the rest by October.