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At Glasgow Eenrgy Link we are able to carry out Energy Performance Certificates for both the Commercial and Domestic Markets, for commercial sites we are able to carry out surveys to both level 3 and more complex level 4 buildings. Helping you to meet your legal obligations and cut energy and CO2 emmisions.
In line with the UK Governments policy of reducing carbon emissions it was decided that all homes and business premises offered for sale or rental must have an EPC provided before they can be offered to the market. The EPC details a home or business premises energy efficiency and also offers recommendation for improvement if required.
In order to issue a certificate it is necessary to conduct a survey of the fabric of the building looking at the shape and size, Heating & Hot water system, Air Conditioning, Ventilation, Lighting and use of the building etc. The EPC survey must be carried out by a qualified Energy Assessor
(NDEA) who is registered with an approved Government accreditation scheme.
All commercial property that is sold or let must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) commissioned prior to, or within 7 days of being put on the market. There is a further 21 days allowed for the completion and acquisition of the EPC after which time fines can be imposed.
Failure to comply with the legislation will allow trading standards to levy fines up to 12.5% of the rateable value, capped at £5,000, as a penalty for non-compliance.
The fines are applicable to building owners and anyone acting on their behalf.
It is the responsibility of the seller, landlord or someone acting on their behalf, to make an EPC available for the building that is being marketed. A lease assignment would be considered to be a sale and the assignor should also have an EPC available.
Whats involved in an EPC?
The EPC produces an Asset Rating for the building on a scale from A to G, where A is more energy efficient, down to G which is less energy efficient. These are accompanied by a numeric rating which can be used to compare buildings more accurately. Comparison ratings are also shown on the EPC to indicate how the building compares with a newly built example and a building typical of the existing stock in the UK. All EPCs must be accompanied by standard Recommendation Report in which the client is advised how the energy rating of the property can be improved. These are automatically produced by the modelling software but can be edited by the energy assessor if necessary.
An EPC must be provided by an assessor who is both technically qualified and a member of an accreditation scheme. Buildings are ranked by their complexity into Level 3, 4 or 5 and the assessor is trained and accredited to corresponding levels. This means that a Level 3 assessor can only produce EPCs for Level 3 buildings; a Level 4 assessor for Level 3 & 4 buildings and so on. For the most complex buildings, a Level 5 assessor must produce the EPC. All completed EPCs are lodged on a central database, and remain valid for 10 years unless updated in the meantime.
The EPC and Recommendation Report is produced from an energy model of the building which is created using specialised Government-approved software. The energy assessor creates the model from the following information:
• The shape and size of the building and its internal layout taken from scale drawings or physical
measurements taken on site
• The activity being carried out in each part of the building, such as cellular offices, workshops, retail
• The detailed construction of the building including glazing, taken from drawings, specification
and/or the site inspection
• Details of the lighting system in use in each part of the building
• Details of the heating, cooling and ventilation system in use in each part of the building
Having created the model, the assessor produces an Asset Rating for the building as printed on the EPC. The EPC and Recommendation Reports are then lodged onto the central government database, for England, Wales and Northern Ireland these records are held with Landmark, in Scotland the records are held by the 'Energy Savings Trust' (EST).