An Energy Performance Certificate shows the official energy rating of a property and its environmental impact on a scale from A to G. A being the most efficient and E being the least. The certificate can also give recommendations on how to improve energy performance.
According to the government data, 25% of properties n England and Wales have an EPC rating of E and below.
Under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, it became unlawful to let domestic and non-domestic properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G from April 2018. Properties which have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below an 'E' will require some energy efficiency improvements.
Should Landlords fail to comply, they could face some heavy financial penalties. Landlords and their agents if unsure of where they stand should start by commissioning an up-to-date Energy Performance Certificate which will identify the current rating (which may have changed over time) and recommend opportunities for improvement.
Contact us today to have an EPC carried out on an existing domestic or commercial property. Should your property not achieve the minimum required ‘E’ rating EPC, we can then help with advice on possible improvements.
At Thermal Acoustics & Solutions Ltd we can provide your Energy Performance Certificate and provide advice on how to improve energy performance.
When you submit plans for a new development, some local authorities will ask for energy statements to be provided along with planning applications. An energy statement will demonstrate how a development will meet the individual authorities’ local energy and sustainability policies.
Generally Local planning authorities will request a 10, 15 or 19% reduction in Carbon Emissions (energy) in addition to Building regulations. London requests are greater. See the London Plan section for further information.
The statement will detail and demonstrate how the developer will address items such as renewable targets and CO² emissions through fabric, space heating, ventilation and lighting. Using renewable technologies if applicable. Each of our energy statements is unique to your project. We will work closely with you to address all requirements and satisfy all local planning authority policies.
As the Energy Statement or Strategy Report should be a detailed calculation report on how a development will achieve the Local Authority’s Emissions Target, it should include a calculation of the predicted energy/ CO2 emissions of the development and demonstrate how potential improvements could reduce energy consumption and emissions.
The following information should be included:
• Energy efficiency of the building fabric
• Baseline annual predicted energy demand of the development
• Baseline annual predicted carbon emissions of the development
• The contribution of each proposed renewable energy technology
• Cost information of technically feasible LZC/ renewable technologies incl. CHP
• Feasibility of district or community heating
• Summary of the benefits of various low energy technologies
• The total estimated reduction in the development’s baseline carbon emissions and/or energy demand.
A SAP Calculation is The Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) for energy ratings of dwellings. It is a Calculation of a buildings energy efficiency.
An SBEM or Simplified Building Energy Model, is a Government Defined process in accordance with Building Regulations Part L.
An Energy Performance Certificate shows the official energy rating of a property and its environmental impact on a scale from A to G.
An Air tightness test consists of a computerised fan being fitted to a main entrance or suitable doorway.
There are two types of sound test - airborne and impact. Airborne tests are carried out on walls and floors separating dwellings, impact tests are carried out on floors separating dwellings.
Fire and Rescue Authorities and other bodies ("enforcing authorities") now have a duty to enforce fire safety in non-domestic premises.
Under Approved Document E, all residential properties must provide a good level of acoustic insulation between dwellings.
BREEAM is the world's foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings