Whether it is achieving net zero, EPC profiling, or general compliance, we are here to support you.
Who needs a Residential EPC?
All properties require an Energy Performance Certificate or EPC when being sold or let. An EPC gives homeowners, tenants and prospective buyers an assessment of a property performance rating, in terms of its energy efficiency and environmental impact, to help reduce CO2 output.
An EPC assesses a building by giving it a standard energy and carbon emission efficiency grade from 'A' to 'G', where 'A' is the best and with the average to date being D/E.
All our EPC Energy Assessors are fully accredited with a range of experience in carrying out EPC assessments on any type of dwelling, from one bed flats to country mansions, the length and breadth of the UK.
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Energy Performance Certificates ('EPCs') were introduced pursuant to the Directive 2002/91/EC on the Energy Performance of Buildings adopted by the Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 (the EPC Regulations).
As part of this assessment we are required to verify information about the property including:
- the build date;
- construction materials;
- internal and external dimensions of building;
- the internal configuration;
- full details of the heating and any air conditioning systems, and we will also capture details of glazing and lighting. Photographs and other documentary evidence must be produced to verify the data.
Penalties for non-compliance
"The penalty for failing to make an EPC available to any prospective buyer or tenant when selling or letting non-dwellings is fixed, in most cases, at 12.5 per cent of the rateable value of the building, with a default penalty of £750 where the formula cannot be applied. A formula is used as the costs of producing an EPC for non-dwellings are expected to vary according to the size, complexity and use of the building. The range of penalties under this formula are set with a minimum of £500 and capped at a maximum of £5,000."
When are EPCs required?
The current regulations at a glance:
Asbestos risk management
Surveying the property, listing default values and their impact so further details can be sourced before any new measures implemented, unlike standard RR we will show potential rating once recommendations are implemented.
EPC Risk Profiling
Understand risk in your portfolio
Following the Energy Act 2011 and its provisions affecting owners and occupiers within property there is a real need for EPC risk profiling. Probably the most significant are the minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES).
As of April 2018, the proposed legislative changes make it unlawful to let residential or commercial properties with an EPC rating of “F” or “G” (i.e. the lowest 2 grades of energy efficiency) for new leases or lease renewals. From 2023 this legislation will impact on all existing commercial leases, already in place on domestic leases since April 2020.
An EPC risk profiling desktop exercise to review all current EPCs across a property portfolio and cross-reference with any current investment and letting timescales.
TM44 Air Conditioning Surveys
What is an air-conditioning inspection?
The TM44 survey inspection's sole focus is to seek improvements in energy efficiency. This will result in lower energy bills for the occupier and reduced CO2 emissions. The system is thoroughly inspected by an accredited engineer.
Recommendations are then made to improve the operation of the system. We often find that we can recommend no cost or low cost solutions to quickly reduce running costs by at least 10% as a direct result of our inspection.
The regulation is policed by local Trading Standard officers and financial penalties will be issued to landlords and tenants who fail to have their TM44 air conditioning surveys undertaken.
Solicitors are starting to request sight of the document before they complete property transactions. Since this is environmental legislation companies and organisations could suffer reputational problems for failing to comply.
ESOS Energy Audits
ESOS Energy Audit information
An ESOS Energy Audit is the bespoke method to compliance. The actual audit methodology can vary depending on the organisation and the agreed scope and goals of the assessment.
The ESOS Energy Audit is one of the four routes to compliance identified by the Government:
It is important to note that the ESOS Energy Audit can use elements of the other routes to compliance. For example, part of your ESOS Energy Audit could contain Display Energy Certificate Operational Ratings for your buildings.
An ESOS Energy Audit must be undertaken or overseen and signed off by a qualified ESOS Lead Assessor.
ESOS Energy Audit methodology can vary depending on the type of business to be audited and agreed objectives with the Lead Assessor.
Government guidance recommends several methodologies (see below) that can be implemented to achieve the required compliance levels.
Upon notification of compliance to the Environment Agency, the participant must be in possession of a ESOS Audit Summary Report and ESOS Audit Evidence Pack, signed off by the appointed Lead Assessor and a board level Director.
Under the Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, the Scottish government has introduced the ‘The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-Domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016’. This came into effect on 1st September 2016.
These regulations are triggered by the sale or lease to a new tenant of a non-domestic building or ‘building unit’ that has a floor area of over 1000 square meters.
‘Building unit’ means a part of a non-domestic building which is designed or altered to be used separately, for example an office suite within a multi-occupancy office building.
The requirements to have an EPC for sale or letting will not change. But, in addition, the Building Owner will be required to take steps to improve their building, where appropriate. The statutory improvements are contained within an Action Plan, which sets out details of the improvements to be made to the building and the timescales involved.
How we can help
Carbon Profile Ltd offer a full consulting EPC and DEC team fully trained in supporting owners and managing agents both by undertaking surveys as well as providing additional reporting and commercial alternatives to meeting legislative requirements relating to Section 63 and the climate change (Scotland) act 2009.
If you need any further assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our team.