Energy Performance Certificates (EPC)

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With our national coverage of fully qualified domestic energy assessors for residential energy performance certificates and non-domestic energy assessors for commercial EPC's the provision of certificates within 48 hours is now a part of our service. However we have managed to insure that our prices still remain one of the most competitive within the market place.

All our technical managers have extensive knowledge of the building industry, so you can rest assured they can help you attain your EPC with the minimal of fuss.

Government legislation now requires all homes, commercial properties and public buildings; being sold, built or leased to make available an energy performance certificate to prospective purchasers or tenants.

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Our experience within the construction industry has given us the knowledge to offer exceptional advice. We are a UKAS accredited company so you can rest assured we offer an ongoing professional service. We have built our reputation on:

• excellent service
• quick delivery
• flexibility to meet individual customers' needs

Our advice is free so call one of our senior technical managers/engineers on 07775 623464 or 07967 233836.

The Energy Performance Certificate is similar to the certificates found on many domestic appliances.
A Certificate for a building gives the building an asset rating based on its energy efficiency. Data is collected by the domestic energy assessor such as floor area, construction, insulation, heating and lighting and inputted into a management software programme. Certain assumptions are made on how the home is used by the occupiers.

The EPC produced will give the building a rating from A to G. An A rating shows it's very efficient, meaning lower fuel bills, while G is inefficient, meaning higher fuel bills. The Certificate will also show the building's environmental impact by indicating its carbon-dioxide emissions.

The EPC will also show recommendations as to how the property could be made more energy and cost efficient. The Potential ratings included within the Energy Survey indicate the effects of each recommendation.

Commercial EPC (for commercial properties)
APT-EPC provides affordable Commercial Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) for businesses that are being sold or leased in the United Kingdom. With effect from the 4th January 2009 the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive dictates that a Commercial EPC's will be required upon construction, sale or lease for all non-dwellings, covering everything from small retail units to offices, industrial units and large scale commercial premises such as airports and public buildings. Responsibility for enforcement in newly built properties will fall to Building Control, whilst Trading Standards departments will enforce certification of existing buildings. The legislation does have exemptions; for advice on your requirements please contact our commercial EPC department at apt@aptenergyperformancecertificates.co.uk for definitive answers.

Please contact us at apt@aptenergyperformancecertificates.co.uk or fill the online form to receive a quote.

If you prefer to speak to an advisor regarding EPC compliance or seek general information please call one of our one technical team on either 07775 623464 or 07967 233836 or e-mail us at: apt@aptenergyperformancecertificates.co.uk for further advice.

A commercial EPC provides an energy rating for a building which is based on the performance potential of that building. Services such as lighting, heating and ventilation) are taken into account as well as the way in which these services are controlled. The now industry standardised A - G energy rating given on the certificate will reflect the intrinsic energy performance standard of the building relative to a benchmark. This rating could then be used by potential buyers or tenants to make comparisons between properties. The commercial EPC is accompanied by a secondary report that provides recommendations on how the energy performance of the building could be enhanced, together with an indication of the payback period. These recommendations are provided in four categories relating to the payback period.

Like residential assessments APT-EPC assessors are trained to the highest of standards to assess the recommendation report and amend recommendations where appropriate. This makes the report much more suitable to your specific needs. Our experience in commercial property and energy assessment methods allows us to offer the very best and most up to date information.

Display Energy Certificates (DEC’s)
Display Energy Certificates (DEC’s) show the actual energy usage of a building, the Operational Rating, and help the public see the energy efficiency of a building. This is based on the energy consumption of the building as recorded by gas, electricity and other meters. The DEC should be clearly displayed at all times and clearly visible to the public. A DEC is always accompanied by an Advisory Report that lists cost effective measures to improve the energy rating of the building.

Display Energy Certificates are only required for buildings with a total useful floor area over 1,000m2 that are occupied by a public authority and institution providing a public service to a large number of persons and therefore visited by those persons. They are valid for one year.
The accompanying Advisory Report is valid for seven years.
The requirement for Display Energy Certificates comes into effect from 1 October 2008.

Having worked closely with several large companies and authorities all over England and Wales for the past 12 months APT-EPC can bring the knowledge and experience to any DEC project. If you require advice on any area of compliance or seek general information on DEC’s please call one our technical team on either 07775 623464 or 07967 233836 or e-mail us at: apt@epc.co.uk for further advice

SAP Ratings for Dwellings
At APT-EPC we recognise that deciding on sustainable, environmentally efficient construction is no longer simply a question of conscience. The UK Government is putting in place strategies that will aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, particularly carbon dioxide, which research has proved to be a major contributing factor to global warming. One such strategy involves the long awaited modification to Part L1 of the Building Regulations, which came into effect in April 2002. These amendments insist upon the calculation of a Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) rating for all new dwellings and those converted through material change of use. The requirements also necessitate that the Rating is displayed in the property upon completion.

The regulations were amended in 2006 with the introduction of Approved Document L1A for New Build and L1B for Existing Homes including Extensions.

If you require advice on any area of compliance or seek general information on SAP ratings call one of our technical team on either 07775 623464 or 07967 233836 or e-mail us at: apt@aptenergyperformancecertificates.co.uk for further advice.

» Please download our SAP TIPS document

» Please Download Our SAP DATA CHECKLIST

» Please download our BUILDING DATA FORM
(explains information we require from clients to work out their respective results)

» Please Download Our SBEM DATA CHECKLIST

SBEM Ratings for Commercial Properties

What is an SBEM?
SBEM (Simplified Building Energy Model) is a Government-defined process in accordance with Part L Building Control Regulations, which results in a calculation of the energy performance of new commercial/industrial/retail buildings.

Will my Project require a SBEM?
Yes, from 7th April 2006 all new buildings require an SBEM Calculation.

What will I need to do to comply?
There are 2 stages - the first stage (called the 'design' stage) needs to be completed and submitted to your Building Control Body or Approved Inspector at the same time as your Building Control Application.

The second stage (called the 'as-built' stage) comes into force when the build is completed and a 'pass' Certificate will need to be produced for presentation to your Inspector.

Please note: Your Building Control Officer or Approved Inspector may request a re-submission of the SBEM Calculation if any changes are made to the specification after the design stage has been submitted.

How can APT-EPC help?
Our aim is to help you achieve a 'pass' and we provide the following:
• Advice on how to achieve a 'pass'
• Friendly, helpful, experienced Team
• Advice and recommendations
• Detailed Report for each building

» Please download our SAP TIPS document

» Please Download Our SAP DATA CHECKLIST

How much can you save by improving energy efficiency
We all think we have done enough to improve our homes, but how many of us have? And when it comes to the crunch, just how much can be saved and how? let’s have a look at how much can be saved in the average home across a number of simple and inexpensive areas of improvement.

Insulating a home is simple and essential as heat escapes via many different ways. Windows, doors and walls are all susceptible to heat loss, and insulating these areas effectively can bring surprising savings in the home.

Take the popular route of cavity wall insulation; this is relatively inexpensive these days as it is a routine procedure, and it can save in excess of £100 in a year. Given the purchase price, the home owner should see it pay for itself in three years.
Insulating ones loft to a greater degree is another simple and cost effective measure, and given that it saves around approx £100 annually for the average house can easily recoup the initial expenditure in a couple of years.

Fitting double glazing is often cited as an expensive method of improving efficiency, though it can save £40 yearly, while simply draught proofing those areas where cold spots seem to live can see saving of over £30 and the cost recouped in just three years.

Another accurate way of improving energy efficiancy would be undertaking a smoke pressurisation Test, this would quickly find all areas of potential air leakage through the buildings envelope, and this can reduce heating costs by approx 40%. If you want to find out more about this service please contact us now at apt@aptenergyperformancecertificates.co.uk

All of these measures are simple and can be done quickly and at little expense, and all add to the energy efficiency of a home without any doubt at all.

Other Energy Saving Advice
It is not only insulating the structure of the house that can save money; effectively lagging a hot water tank can result in some impressive savings, with costs recovered in just a year. Improving or replacing old and outdated devices is also worthy of consideration; a new central heating boiler, for example, can save as much as £200 in a year and the outlay be recovered in five years. Modern boilers are supremely efficient and an up to date condensing combi-boiler is certainly something one should be looking at in terms of improving the home’s energy efficiency.

Much has been written of late regarding energy efficient light bulbs, and much is scaremongering of a surprising nature. The newest versions are very efficient, reach full power almost instantly and are no more expensive than the traditional bulb; what’s more, fitting them across the board has been shown to save a notable amount of money, with £10 a year cited in many quarters.

Switching appliances off stand-by, keeping doors and windows closed and hanging heavier curtains in winter are all common sense approaches to increasing ones energy efficiency, and if it saves money then it must be a good thing. For very little effort one can induce savings of a serious nature.

Alongside trying to reduce consumption one should look at reducing your energy bills and expenditure, uSwitch.com is one of the comparison sites which can help you make comparisons with suppliers and often save you substantial amounts on your gas and electric bills.

If you require individualised information related to the energy efficiency of your property, there is no reason why you cannot commission an Energy Performance Certificate and follow the recommendations found within it, contact us now at apt@epc.co.uk for more information
We carry out hundreds of projects per year and guarantee to be professional, reliable, helpful and very competitive; we offer a last minute service at no extra cost, and we also undertake weekend working both on Saturday and Sunday in order to meet your out of hours testing requirements. We offer a nationwide service offering a single supplier for all of your regional offices and projects.
Most of our clients, who use us for the first time, continue to use our services because of our
proactive consultancy and testing service. This proactive approach has led to nationwide agreements with some of the top UK Contractors, which allows them to benefit from even more competitive rates.

If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact us:

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