Hill Dickinson surveys EPC plans for April

Law firm Hill Dickinson is conducting a poll of surveyors, architects, developers and structural engineers across the North West on the issue of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for commercial properties.

The survey has been distributed to all of Hill Dickinson's clients including investors, property developers and retailers, as well as professionals and firms involved with commercial property around the North West and further afield.

As of 6 April this year, EPCs will be legally required on construction and prior to the sale or lease of commercial property, and from October this requirement will extend to almost all commercial properties.

Bill Chandler, partner in the property practice of Hill Dickinson, said: "The EPCs for residential properties have been all over the news as part of the Home Information Pack saga but throughout 2008 they become necessary for commercial properties.

"Our online poll will establish if people are aware of and ready for the change in law and is being targeted at our clients and indeed all of the major surveyors, architects and structural engineers in the North West."

Questions posed in the poll include:

  • How prepared are you for the introduction of EPCs?
  • What effect do you think the introduction of EPCs will have on your business and/or the market generally?
  • How do you intend to deal with the EPC requirements?

Respondents have the incentive of a chance to win two tickets to Liverpool Sound, the flagship event of Liverpool Capital of Culture 08, starring Sir Paul McCartney and other leading performers at Anfield, the home of Liverpool FC, on 1 June 2008.

Anyone interested in airing their views and entering a prize draw for the pair of tickets should click here.

All responses will be treated in confidence and anonymously and results will be announced prior to EPCs being introduced for commercial properties in April this year.

Hill Dickinson has offices in Liverpool, Manchester, London and Chester. The firm announced results of £68.4m in fee income for the year ended 30 April 2007, a rise of 31% on 2006.

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