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Cambridge Energy Efficiency Ltd

specialist providers of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for commercial property
making the entire process as simple as possible for the owners and managers of commercial premises.

 

WHAT ARE ENERGY CERTIFICATES AND DO I NEED ONE?

Background to new legislation
On 1 October 2008, non-domestic¹ buildings in England and Wales that use energy to condition the indoor climate became subject to the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections)(England and Wales) Regulations 2007 SI 2007/991 and SI 2007/1669² .
Broadly similar legislation applies in Scotland.

What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
Newly constructed commercial buildings, and existing commercial buildings undergoing sale, lease, or significant change, must obtain an EPC. This reflects the energy efficiency of a building with categories ranging from A (very efficient) to G (very inefficient). Owners and landlords must provide an EPC free of charge to prospective purchasers and tenants. EPCs are accompanied by a report, which includes cost-effective recommendations to improve energy performance. Indicative paybacks are listed.

What is a Display Energy Certificate (DEC)?
Public buildings over 1000m² floor area must obtain a DEC, which reflects the actual energy efficiency of a building with categories ranging from A (very efficient) to G (very inefficient). An Advisory Report that lists cost effective measures to improve the energy rating of the building accompanies the DEC. The DEC must be displayed in a prominent position. If the building is sold or let it will additionally require an EPC.

How long are they valid?
EPCs are valid for 10 years, DECs for 1 year, and the DEC Advisory Report for 7 years.

Do I need one?
On 1 October 2008, EPCs and DECs became legal requirements.

What if I don’t have an EPC or a DEC?
In practice it will be virtually impossible to sell or let a commercial building without an EPC. There are also penalties for non-compliance ranging from £500 to £5000.
The Penalty for not displaying a DEC is £500 and for not producing the Advisory Report £1000.
In addition to the penalty, the owners, tenants or operators will be required to commission a new certificate.

Who can issue EPCs and DECs?
EPCs and DECs may only be issued by qualified, registered assessors.

What is involved in obtaining an EPC
The work consists of:

A site visit by a qualified, registered assessor in order to:
    • Produce a building plan for thermal modelling purposes (or to confirm that recent architectural plans agree with final plan layout and construction details).
    • Gathering of information on construction, heating, cooling, lighting and services.

Software based analysis to ascertain energy performance using a national approved calculation methodology. This is most likely to be the “Simplified Building Energy Model” (SBEM)³ .

Issuing of an Energy Performance Certificate detailing the building’s performance rating.

 

What is involved in obtaining a DEC
The work consists of:

A site visit by a qualified, registered assessor in order to:·

    • Produce a building plan (or to confirm that recent architectural plans agree with final plan layout and construction details).
    • Gathering of information on energy consumption and occupancy.


Software based analysis to ascertain energy performance using a national approved calculation methodology. This is most likely to be the “OR” Tool.

Issuing of a Display Energy Certificate detailing the building’s performance rating.

Why choose us?
Cambridge Energy Efficiency Ltd aims to make the entire process as simple as possible for the owners and managers of commercial premises. Our mission is to deliver a professional, cost effective and trouble free service in supplying the required certificates.

  • Rapid response and short turnaround
  • One stop shop for all energy assessment needs
  • Measured CAD plans produced where existing drawings are unavailable or out of date.
  • We aim to visit all premises to ensure accurate data is gathered for assessment as part of our professional commitment. This phase may be bypassed only if architect’s or similar plans are supplied with construction data together with written confirmation of their currency with respect to the actual building in question.

¹Buildings that are not dwellings.
²For further details see Improving the energy efficiency of our buildings – A guide to energy performance certificates for the construction, sale and let of non-dwellings. Department for Communities and Local Government, January 2008.
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SBEM has been developed by the Building Research Establishment, Garston

Please see our Price Guide or contact us for a full quotation.

Discounts of up to 20% will be applicable where certified up-to-date building plans are available. Please ask for details.

Cambridge Energy Efficiency

Telephone: 01323 872235   Mobile: 07777 653748     Email: info@cambridgeenergyefficiency.com

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