PHH Environmental (UK) now carries out Non Domestic Energy Assessment as required by law.
Why energy performance certificates are required
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are required for almost all commercial and industrial use buildings, effectively those defined as non dwellings, when they are constructed, sold or rented out under Article 7 of the European Energy Performance of buildings Directive (2002/91/EC), which all European Union member states are required to implement. To tackle this requirement in Britain compliance is covered within the Building Act 2000 Part L as amended 2006 and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive Statutory Instrument 991:2007 within England and Wales and synonymous legislation in Scotland and Ireland.
An EPC will provide an energy rating for a building which is based on the performance potential of the building itself (the fabric) and its services (such as heating, ventilation and lighting). The energy rating given on the certificate reflects the intrinsic energy performance standard of the building relative to a benchmark which can then be used to make comparisons with comparable properties. It is accompanied by a recommendation report, which provides recommendations on how the energy performance of the building could be enhanced, together with an indication of the payback period.”
Energy Assessment Methodology
Non domestic energy assessments can only be carried out by a suitably qualified and accredited non domestic energy assessor (NDEA). Only accredited software may be used to assess the energy performance of a building and produce the EPC. The software will either be based on the SBEM or be a DSM. The SBEM or DSM software assesses the energy demands of each individual space in the building in accordance with the activity conducted within that space (examples being office space, kitchens, storage space etc).
Different activities can result in different periods of occupancy and different required temperatures, as well as varying requirements for lighting and hot water supply. The energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions are calculated by considering these demands in relation to the details of the building services.
The energy assessor will need to understand the internal layout of the building and for what purpose it is used. The energy assessor will need to validate (via plans and/or physical survey) zone distances, thermal insulation and building services. The SBEM software will use the information provided by the assessor and standard performance tables and will produce the EPC and recommendation report.
How long is an EPC Valid for?
An EPC for a non-dwelling will be valid for 10 years or until replaced with a newer one.
Properties excluded from needing an EPC
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