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WHAT ARE EPCs?

An EPC rating is a measure of how energy efficient a commercial building is, based on its construction, insulation, heating, lighting and other factors. A higher EPC rating means lower energy bills, lower carbon emissions and higher property value. A commercial construction company can help to improve a commercial building’s EPC rating by providing various services.

WHY YOU NEED AN EPC?

The UK government has set a target of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and improving the energy efficiency of commercial and industrial buildings is a key part of this ambition. To reduce these emissions, the government has introduced and proposed several policies that affect the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings of these buildings.

BENEFITS OF EPCs?

EPC ratings can help commercial building owners or occupiers to comply with other schemes or regulations that promote energy efficiency. For example, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) require that from April 2018, landlords of commercial properties must ensure that their properties have an EPC rating of at least E before granting a new lease or renewing an existing one.

How we can help you to improve a commercial buildings EPC rating.

  • Conducting an energy audit to identify the current EPC rating and the areas of improvement
  • Installing or upgrading insulation materials in the walls, roof, floor and windows to reduce heat loss and improve thermal comfort.
  • Installing or upgrading lighting systems to use energy-efficient bulbs, sensors and timers to reduce electricity consumption and enhance illumination.
  • Installing or upgrading renewable energy sources, such as solar panels, wind turbines or biomass boilers, to generate clean and low-cost electricity or heat.
  • Implementing smart building technologies, such as energy management systems, smart meters and thermostats, to monitor and control energy use and performance.

By hiring a commercial construction company to improve a commercial building’s EPC rating, the owner or occupier can benefit from lower operating costs, higher tenant satisfaction, increased marketability and compliance with environmental regulations.

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HOW AN ENERGY PERFORMANCE CERTIFICATE IS PERFORMED

An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a document that assesses the energy efficiency of a building. The assessment is typically carried out by an accredited energy assessor who will visit the building and perform the following steps:

The energy assessor will visit the building and inspect the property to identify the type of construction, heating and cooling systems, insulation, and lighting systems.

The assessor will collect data about the building, including the size and age of the property, the number of rooms, and the construction materials used.

The assessor will use specialist software to calculate the energy efficiency of the building. This includes analyzing the energy consumption of the heating, cooling, and lighting systems, as well as the energy efficiency of the insulation.

Based on the energy calculations, the assessor will provide recommendations on how to improve the energy efficiency of the building. This could include changes to the heating or cooling systems, the installation of insulation, or the use of more energy-efficient lighting.

Once the assessment is complete, the assessor will produce an Energy Performance Certificate that rates the energy efficiency of the building on a scale from A to G, with A being the most energy-efficient and G the least energy-efficient.

CATEGORIES THAT CAN IMPROVE YOUR EPC RATING

INSULATING ROOF

Insulating the roof, walls and floors to reduce heat loss and improve thermal comfort can help to improve the EPC rating of a building by preventing unnecessary energy consumption and lowering carbon emissions. Roof insulation is relatively easy and cheap to install, and can save up to £150 per year on heating bills. Wall insulation can be either internal or external, depending on the type of wall and the available space. Internal wall insulation is more popular and can reduce heat loss by 35%, but it can also reduce the floor area and require redecoration. External wall insulation can improve the appearance and soundproofing of a building, but it can be more expensive and require planning permission. Floor insulation can be done by laying boards or rolls of material under the floorboards or carpets, or by filling the gaps between them. Floor insulation can reduce draughts and increase comfort, but it can also raise the floor level and affect doors and skirting boards.

HEATING SYSTEMS

Replacing old or inefficient boilers, heaters and air conditioners with modern and energy-saving models can help to improve the EPC rating of a building by reducing the amount of fuel or electricity needed to heat or cool the building. Boilers are one of the main sources of energy use in a building, and upgrading to a more efficient model can save up to £315 per year on gas bills. Heaters and air conditioners can also consume a lot of energy, especially if they are not well maintained or controlled. Installing new models that have higher energy ratings, timers, thermostats and sensors can help to regulate the temperature and avoid wasting energy. Replacing boilers, heaters and air conditioners can be costly and disruptive, depending on the size and type of the system, but it can also increase the value and comfort of the building.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Installing renewable energy sources such as solar panels, wind turbines or heat pumps to generate electricity or heat from natural resources can help to improve the EPC rating of a building by reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and lowering carbon emissions. Solar panels can be installed on roofs or walls to capture sunlight and convert it into electricity or heat water. Solar panels can save up to £240 per year on electricity bills and earn money from feed-in tariffs or smart export guarantees. Wind turbines can be installed on roofs or in gardens to harness wind power and generate electricity. Wind turbines can save up to £300 per year on electricity bills and earn money from feed-in tariffs or smart export guarantees. Heat pumps can be installed in gardens or under floors to extract heat from the ground or air and transfer it to the building. Heat pumps can save up to £460 per year on heating bills and earn money from renewable heat incentives. Installing renewable energy sources can be expensive and complex, requiring planning permission, installation costs, maintenance costs and grid connection fees, but it can also increase the value and sustainability of the building.

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LIGHTING

Upgrading the lighting system to use LED bulbs, motion sensors and dimmers to reduce electricity consumption and improve lighting quality can help to improve the EPC rating of a building by using less energy and creating less waste. LED bulbs are more efficient and eco-friendly than traditional halogen bulbs, using up to 90% less energy and lasting up to 25 times longer.

LED bulbs can save up to £35 per year on electricity bills and reduce landfill waste. Motion sensors and dimmers can help to control the lighting level according to the occupancy and activity in each room, avoiding unnecessary lighting and saving energy. Upgrading the lighting system can be easy and cheap, requiring only replacing bulbs or installing switches, but it can also make a big difference to the appearance and atmosphere of the building.

DOUBLE/TRIPLE GLAZING

Installing double or triple glazed windows and doors to reduce heat loss and noise pollution can help to improve the EPC rating of a building by creating a better thermal envelope and acoustic barrier. Double or triple glazed windows and doors have two or three layers of glass with air or gas between them, which reduces heat transfer and sound transmission.

Double or triple glazed windows and doors can save up to £110 per year on heating bills and reduce external noise by up to 50%. Installing double or triple glazed windows and doors can be expensive and time-consuming, requiring removing old frames and fitting new ones, but it can also enhance the security and appearance of the building.

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