February 3, 2012 | Comments Off
Easy EPC have been getting an increased volume of calls asking what will the Commercial EPC involve and what measures can I take before the survey to get a better rating?
The EU Non Domestic EPC Guidelines states that an energy assessor will require the following information to produce a Commercial EPC:
- Details of the individual spaces or zones in use within a building and their dimensions.
- The activities conducted within the zones. For example, retail space, office space, kitchen or storage.
- The heating and ventilation services for each zone, including details of the type of system, metering, controls and fuel used.
- The lighting and controls used for each zone.
- The construction of the fabric of the building and the thermal efficiency of the materials used.
*If plans for the building are not available, the energy assessor will need to survey the building. Even where plans are available, the energy assessor may need to inspect the building to verify information.
With the construction type of the building, heating an ventilation systems being the main contributors to the overall rating. There are not any short terms measures that you can take to improve the rating.
At current there is no pass or fail for a property only a actual rating and a potential rating, however there are plans to start imposing penalty’s on low scoring buildings in the near future.