Commercial EPC – Recommendations Report

January 4th, 2012

Every commercial Energy Performance Certificate is actually a 2-part document. The first part, fronted by a graph looking rather like a domestic EPC is the one which receives the most attention, because it look familiar, but in fact legally it must at all times be accompanied by a Recommendations Report. If the one you come across isn’t, be wary, it may not be genuine.

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What Are Commercial EPCs?

December 2nd, 2011

At first glance a Commercial Energy Performance Certificate looks very similar to a domestic EPC, but underneath they are quite different creatures. Whereas the domestic EPC methodology (RDSAP) makes assumptions based on the Building Regulations deemed to have been applicable at the time of build, the commercial EPC methodology (SBEM) requires the commercial assessor to do a detailed analysis of the building ‘envelope’ – all its many walls, doors, windows, ceilings roofs, floors etc. as well as its heating, lighting, ventilation and air-conditioning systems (HVAC).

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81% of commercial properties breaking Commercial EPC regulations

June 22nd, 2009

NHER has recently published research in regard to the compliance of the commercial EPC legislation. The results and published report is quite shocking.

“In a mystery shopping exercise to check on compliance with European and UK law relating to the energy efficiency of buildings in the commercial property sector, NHER discovered that more than 80% of agents it spoke to were unable to provide the mandatory Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for the offices or shops they were marketing for sale or rent. These certificates are a critical part of the Government’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions and energy bills for businesses.

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Google streetview helps with commercial EPC quotes

April 21st, 2009

It can sometimes be quite hard to quote accurately for a commercial energy assessment. You want to be competitive. You don’t want to undersell yourself and devalue your service. But, of course, you’d like the work.

You receive an enquiry. You ask the usual questions; the address of the property, the type of building that it is – retail, industrial, office etc. Then comes the ‘big’ one. How big is it? What’s the total floor area? The answer comes. Erm, well, it’s got two floors, it’s a sort of house turned into a commercial building. Or you get it’s about 100sq metres, only to arrive on site and it’s three times that and you’ve quoted a fixed price. Some you win, some you lose eh? The client won’t pay you to come out and do a pre-survey just so that you can quote accurately.

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Is your Domestic Energy Assessment being carried out correctly?

April 14th, 2009

So as a selling home owner or a landlord you will have come across the need to have an Energy Performance Certificate and had a domestic energy assessment carried out. This involves a visual inspection on the property and generates a report based on the data collected on site by the domestic energy assessor (DEA).

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Commercial and Domestic EPC differences

March 31st, 2009

With Energy Performance Certificates, both Residential and Commercial, finally bedding in and becoming more widespread people often ask me “What is the difference between a Residential and Commercial EPC?” and, of course, why it is more expensive.

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Ecobuild at Earls Court – Review

March 11th, 2009

What an event! I spent two days at Ecobuild Earls Court 3rd and 4th March 2009 and it was close to information overload! There was a lot to see that was really applicable and interesting to any domestic energy assessor (DEA) now and for sure in the future. There were also such things that are not part of the energy assessment at the moment – but may well be in a few years!

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The end of data collection for Energy Performance Certificates?

February 20th, 2009

The CLG (Communities and Local Governments) has produced some guidance and proposed changes on the use of data collectors for issuing Energy Performance Certificates. The changes are very much inline with the concerns we hold and detailed in ‘Is your EPC carried out by a data collector?

The following has been circulated to the Accreditation Schemes for their and their members input though it seems unlikely that it will change to a large degree.

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So you need a Commercial EPC in the North-East

February 16th, 2009

We have seen the rise of commercial EPC instructions within the North-East, especially within Newcastle and Sunderland over the past month. It has been pleasing to receive enquires mainly from commercial agents and solicitors acting on their now legal requirements though we are happy to work with individual owners direct.

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Is your EPC carried out by a data collector?

January 30th, 2009

Energy Performance Certificates are mainly undertaken by fully licensed, accredited and insured energy assessors. However, the concerning rise of data collectors within the industry is becoming more aparent and could potentially threaten the quality and reliability of the issued Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and the livelihood of those who are actually ‘qualified’ to issue the certification.

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