With Renewable Buildings Technologies Ltd. engineers you are able to access a wide range of energy assessment services.
Since 1st January 2007, a rating is required by law for all new dwellings for which planning has been applied or granted.
A Building Energy Rating (BER) indicates the energy rating of a building. The rating is expressed in the form of performance bands, rated on a scale of A to G, with 'A' being the most energy efficient, and 'G' being the least energy efficient.
The new Building Regulations requires that new buildings increase the standard of energy efficiency so this specialist area must now be addressed.
In the UK, with effect from 2008, property developers, landlords, occupiers and the public sector could face severe consequences if they are not properly prepared or fully aware of what is required with regards to Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Display Energy Certificates (DECs).
We have a team of qualified and accredited assessors with experience in carrying out BER, EPC's, DEC's, SBEM and BREEAM calculations.
Our assessors have considerable professional experience in offering services with a direct link to energy certification so you can be sure that their recommendations will be based on sound knowledge and practical experience of what actually works in real life.
Improve Your Energy Rating
In addition to providing the energy rating for your building, the extensive knowledge and expertise of our building services engineers will ensure that your building will attain its optimum energy rating. They will achieve this by:
ensuring that your building meets all of the new Building Regulations
Calculation of your energy needs for the building
Advise and recommend improvements or alterations relating to the fabric of the building to improve the rating where applicable
Calculate and provide detailed cost of recommendations and alterations
Use our expert knowledge to highlight the benefits of renewable technologies in achieving an optimum rating
Our wide-ranging experience in designing energy efficient and low carbon building services systems will ensure that all avenues will be explored to make sure that the optimum rating for the building is achieved. This would include a comprehensive report and economic appraisal of all recommendations.
Building Energy Rating (BER)
A BER is an energy rating of a building that is similar to the energy label for a household electrical appliance like your fridge, washing machine etc. The label has a scale of A-G.
It is calculated by accounting for and considering the building fabric, measurements of the building and all the services of the building eg. Ventilation, heating (space & water), lighting etc. From this information our assessors will establish the energy rating for the building.
As a result of our experience as building services engineers, our assessors are able, if required, to identify problematic areas to the rating and make recommendations for changes or alterations that would improve the BER. This would be in the form of a robust and economically appraised report and with whatever additional support is considered necessary.
Commercial Building Energy Rating (BER)
These certificates, which are similar to the domestic ratings, are required for all non-domestic buildings offered for sale or rent. There are some transitional exemptions that apply to new non-domestic buildings for which planning permission was applied for on or before 30th June 2008 provided the new non-domestic buildings involved are substantially completed by 30th June 2010.
As in all energy ratings, all the energy related factors of the building are accounted for and an energy rating established.
Because of our experience as building services engineers, our assessors are able, if required, to identify problematic areas that may cause a poorer rating and make recommendations for changes or alterations to the building that would improve the rating. This would be in the form of a robust and economically appraised report and with whatever additional support is deemed necessary by our clients.
Simplified Building Energy Modelling (SBEM)
SBEM (Simplified Building Energy Model) is a tool introduced by Government in accordance with Part L Building Control Regulations for the calculation of the energy performance of new and existing commercial buildings.
What's the difference between a DEC and an EPC?
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will provide an energy rating for a building, as well as advice on how to make cost effective improvements to improve the energy efficiency of the building. The energy ratings are on a colour coded scale and range from A through to G, with A the best and G the worst. EPCs will also be accompanied by a recommendation to improve the building's energy, although compliance with these recommendations is not obligatory.
A Display Energy Certificate (DEC) is only applicable to public buildings and institutions over 1000m2, including Council offices, Schools, Colleges, Universities and Hospitals and all other buildings accessed by the public. The DEC is based on actual energy usage and gives the building an operational rating based on consumption levels. The DEC will include an accompanying advisory report on cost effective improvements. These are required for public buildings over 1000m2 that are either occupied or part occupied by public authorities or institutions providing public services. The DEC must be publicly displayed.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC's)
Energy performance certificates have been required since 6 April 2008 when commercial buildings are built, sold or rented as follows:
6th April 2008, all buildings over 10,000m2 that are new to the market
1st July 2008, all buildings over 2,500m2 that are new to the market
1st October 2008, the remainder (with a lower limit of 50m2.), including those properties that are already being marketed
We have a team of qualified assessors with experience in carrying out EPC calculations that have professional experience in offering services with a direct link to energy certification. They will ensure that all energy related aspects of the building are explored so you can be sure that their recommendations will be based on sound knowledge and practical experience.
Display Energy Certificates (DEC's)
Display Energy Certificates (DECs), are required for public buildings and those occupied by public authorities which have a total useful area greater than 1000m2 and provide a public service to a large number of people and are therefore frequently visited by those people (eg a school, hospital, government or local authority building). DECs show the actual energy usage of a building and, since 1 October 2008, need to be displayed.
We have a team of qualified assessors with experience in carrying out DEC calculations with considerable professional experience in offering services with a direct link to energy certification. They will ensure that all energy related aspects of the building are considered so you can be sure that their recommendations will be based on sound knowledge and practical experience.
BREEAM is a long established holistic assessment method for determining how sustainable a building project can be.
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