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EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates)

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About Kelly & Co. EPC

Kelly & Co. EPC are a professional team of highly qualified chartered surveyors who provide a complete service of Residential and Commercial Energy Performance Certificates throughout Northern Ireland to include:

  • Residential Energy Property Certificates (EPC) for sales and lettings to include recommendations;
  • Design & As Built SAP Calculations
  • New Build Residential Energy Property Certificates (EPC) to include recommendations;
  • Commercial Energy Property Certificates - Levels 3 & 4 for sales and lettings to include recommendations; and
  • New Build Commercial Energy Property Certificates (EPC).

Energy Property Certificates can be assessed directly by the public, through estate agents, architects, surveying practices, contractors, government bodies and solicitors.

The Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations NI (2008) introduced requirements that an Energy Performance Certificate should be made available to the owner, or to the perspective buyer, or tenant; when a domestic or non domestic property is constructed, sold or rented out.

  • Kelly & Co.EPC are a highly qualified team of professional chartered surveyors.
  • Over 17 years experience in the property market.
  • Fully qualified domestic assessors accredited with Elmhurst Certification Scheme.
  • Fully qualified new built/on construction domestic assessors accredited with Stroma Certification Scheme.
  • Fully qualified non-domestic assessors at accreditation level 3 and 4 accredited with Stroma Accreditation Ltd.
  • Based in Northern Ireland, we offer a national service to those requiring EPC's.
  • We were among the first professionally qualified chartered surveyors domestic and commercial energy assessors in Northern Ireland.
  • As members of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors we are regulated by the RICS and carry all our work in accordance to the rules and regulations of these professional bodie
  • Professional, competitive, reliable service, with a prompt efficient turnaround.
  • We aim to produce EPC's within 24 - 48 hours so that you can get on with the process of selling and renting your clients property without delay.
EPC Question Mark

What is an EPC?

An EPC provides important information on the existing status and importantly how to improve the energy of your property, to reduce carbon emissions and also reduce heating and energy costs. In many cases, dependent on the age of your property, insulations grants may be available to help achieve these savings and environmental improvements and, in turn reduce the running costs of your property.

The EPC records the energy efficiency of a property, providing a rating of the energy efficiency and carbon emissions of a building on a scale from A to G, where A is very efficient and G is very inefficient.

EPC's are required whenever a building is constructed or for existing buildings before it is marketed for sale or rent. The conveyancing process will not be completed by your solicitor unless the EPC is made available for the property.

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Why do I need an EPC?

Climate change is becoming of increasing concern both for the UK and worldwide. As a commitment the Government has placed a 60% reduction target for carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. Energy ratings are designed to be a measure of the fuel cost of a property. Energy conservation is clearly a good thing' – everyone wins with energy conservation.

Domestic properties marketed for sale (from 30th June 2008), newly constructed (from 30th September 2008) and rented out (from 30th December 2008) will require an Energy Performance Certificate.

From the 31st December 2008 all commercial, non domestic buildings to include new build buildings will be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate on sale, rental or upon construction.

Kelly & Co. EPC will provide information on the energy efficiency, heating costs and carbon emissions of the property. The certificates will include recommendations on ways to improve, to save money and help the environment.

SAP EPCs

Design SAP/New Build EPC's

To comply with the current Building Regulations all new dwellings are required to have a SAP (TER/DER) calculation which should be carried out before construction commences. On completion the SAP is re-calculated using the pressure test results (if applicable) and the details of the actual boiler used. SAP 2009 was introduced on the 31st October 2012. This then provides the information which is included in the Energy Performance Certificate. This calculation introduced the TER/DER values where the TER is the Target Carbon Dioxide Emission Rate, which is calculated by the SAP software. The DER is the Dwelling Carbon Emission Rate calculated on the proposed design (which should be based on the current Part L/F of the Building Regulations).

Buildings subject to Part F 2006 and submitted approval after 30th September 2008 must have a TER/DER submitted to district councils at design stage. The DER must not exceed the calculated TER. When the building is completed the TER and DER on completion must be submitted to building control not more than 5 days after completion to demonstrate that the target has been met. The only exception to this is where the dwellings are created by the conversion of an existing building.

For new dwellings the standard U-values for the thermal elements are only a guide because there are so many other factors that affect the TER/DER figures. In most cases these U-values will have to be bettered (sometimes considerably) in order for the dwelling to achieve a TER/DER pass.

The following is a list of items which are now included in the SAP calculations and have the most effect on the TER/DER ratings:

  • Orientation of the dwelling.
  • Area of glazing - solar gain.
  • Ventilation.
  • Thermal Bridging and Air Leakage - Pressure Test.
  • Energy Efficient Lighting.
  • Use of green energy (geothermal and solar).
  • Heating Controls and Secondary Heating (wood burning stoves).
  • Design & As Built SAP Calculations

The SAP calculation tool allows the designer a high degree of flexibility in deciding how to achieve the required energy target. However, the Approved Document does set certain limits. These include:

  • Limiting U-values
  • A limit of 10 m3/m2/h at 50 Pa for air permeability
  • Central heating boilers must be class A or B (at least 86% efficient)
  • Secondary heating must have a minimum of 37% efficiency
  • Energy efficient lighting in at least a quarter of light fittings

Ways To Reduce Bills

  • Using low energy saving light bulbs can save £5 - £10 per year on each light 12 times longer life, 80‰ less energy
  • Turn off lights and do not leave appliances on standby e.g. Television
  • Insulating your hot water tank can save £10 per year and reduce heat loss by 30permil;

The cost of insulating the tank can be recovered in 1 year

  • Make sure hot water is not too hot - set thermostat at 60 degrees Celsius
  • By draught proofing your home, you can save £35 per year
  • Save £50 per year by having heating controls installed in your home
  • Save £300 per year with wall insulation

If you have solid walls you can either insulate them with external or internal insulation, saving you around £300 a year on your energy bills and can improve efficiency by 30‰

  • Have your windows doubleglazed and save £40 per year

Fitting double glazed windows will save money and cost recovered in 5 years.

  • You can insulate your loft - 250mm can improve efficiency by 30‰ and save £180 per year

You will reduce your bills and save energy by insulating your loft and there may be energy saving grants to pay for part of the costs.

Commercial EPCs

Commercial EPCs

From the 31st December 2008 all commercial, non domestic buildings will be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate on sale, rental or upon construction.

  • Level 3 - Simple existing non-dwellings which are situated to analysis with steady state modelling software.
  • Level 4 - New and existing non-dwelling which are complex building services which are situated to analysis with steady state modelling software.

Exemptions to include:

  • Stand alone buildings with a floor area less than 50 m2
  • Places of worship
  • Temporary buildings (less than 2 years)
  • Low energy demand agricultural buildings
  • Buildings to be demolished

How is a Commercial EPC created?

A Commercial Energy Performance Certificate is created using SBEM software (Simulated Building Energy Model). This software is the national calculation method (NCM) sanctioned by the government and already in use to calculate the energy performance of new buildings prior to building control approval. The building is zoned according to activity, HVAC (Heating Ventilation & Air Conditioning) systems and construction types. Information required for each zone includes areas and full technical specification of all elements - windows, doors, walls etc.

Other information required includes full specification of Domestic hot water system, HVAC system and controls, lighting system and controls, solar systems, thermal characteristics and building orientation. Therefore if plans of the building are not available, the building must first be surveyed. Due to the detailed nature of the survey and the information and calculations necessary, the process is much more complex than a Domestic EPC and should not be considered similar in any way other than the end result.

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How long is the EPC valid for?

An Energy Performance Certificate is valid for 10 years.

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Quotation Service

Request an Energy Performance Certificate Assessment Quote to allow us to give you an accurate quote please fill in the form below:

Booking Line: 028 796 44344

Email: sales@kellyproperties.co.uk


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