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Energy Performance Certificates

EPC - Energy Performance Certificate

RR - Recommendation Report - these come with commercial EPCs

RdSAP - Reduced Data Standard Assessment Procedure - the technical term for the methodology for calculating Domestic or Residential EPCs

MEES - Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards - the legislation stating that commercial and domestic buildings are required to have at least an E rating on their EPC before they may be leased to tenants.

SBEM - Simplified Building Energy Model - the technical term for the methodology for calculating Commercial EPCs

DEC - Display Energy Certificate

SAP - Standard Assessment Procedure

BRUKL - Building Regulations United Kingdom part L

Design Stage SBEM - SBEM calculations made prior to the build of a new commercial building

OC EPC - On Construction Energy Performance Certificate - The EPC created after the build of a new commercial property has been completed

BER - Building Emission Rate

TER - Target Emission Rate - The minimum allowable standard of energy performance of a new property

HVAC - Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning

AHU - Air Handling Unit

Section 63 - A Scottish legislation requiring that property owners must create a plan to both improve the energy performance of, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their commercial properties that are 1000m2 or larger.

Lodge/Lodgment - The term used to describe uploading an EPC to the national register.

HMO - House of Multiple Occupation

DEA - Domestic Energy Assessor

NDEA - Non-Domestic Energy Assessor

RHI - Renewable Heat Incentive - a government incentive scheme which pays a grant to householders who have some form of heat generating renewables technology connected to their property

Air/ground source heat pumps, solar water heating, biomass boilers, etc. - Examples of renewable technologies

U-Value - The U-value is a measure of heat transfer through a building component (i.e. walls, windows, etc.)

ESOS - Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

Fire Risk Assessment

FRA - Fire Risk Assessment

FRS - Fire and Rescue Service

Asbestos Surveying

HSE - Health and Safety Executive

ACM - Asbestos Containing Material

Management Survey - Previously referred to as Type 2 Asbestos Survey, this survey aims to locate the presence and rate the risk of any asbestos containing materials in a property.

Refurbishment & Demolition Survey - Previously referred to as Type 3 Asbestos Survey, this survey is far more intrusive than a management survey and aims to locate and assess all asbestos containing materials in a property including within walls, floors, etc. It is likely that the assessor will have to damage some areas in order to gain access.

Friable - Asbestos that is likely to release asbestos fibres when damaged. (Examples being thermal insulation, insulation boards, pipe lagging, sprayed coating)

Non-Friabel - Asbestos that cannot be damaged by hand (or without tools) and therefore won’t be easily disturbed and are less likely to release dangerous fibres. (Examples being vinyl floor tiles, cement sheets, bitumen, textured coating)

UKAS - United Kingdom Accreditation Service - a national accreditation body recognised by the UK government.

New Build Services (Such As Sound Tests, Water Use Calcs, and Air Permeability Testing)

Sound Testing - Also known as Acoustic Testing

Airborne Test - This measures the level of sound which is transmitted through the air, to get an airborne result the party walls, floors, and ceilings between dwellings are assessed. Airborne noise can be created by TVs, music/radios, and people talking.

Impact Test - This measures the level of noise which is transmitted straight through walls or floors/ceilings of dwellings as a result of impact. Impact noise can be created by appliances working or heavy footsteps.

CCBAM - Certificate of Competence in Building Acoustics Measurements

Air Permeability Testing - Also known as Air TIghtness Testing or Blower Door Testing

Pascal - A measurement unit of pressure


RICS - Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

GIA - Gross Internal Area

Zones - rooms, hallways, stairwells, lift shafts, storage cupboards, WCs

Common Areas - Shared areas in multi occupancy properties, including:

  • Domestic: entrance doors to individual flats, hallways, lifts and shafts, stairwells, roof spaces, gardens, outhouses, and garages in domestic properties like flat blocks and houses converted into flats
  • Commercial: reception areas, hallways, stairwells, lifts and shafts, shared kitchens and bathrooms, etc.

PL - Public Liability (Insurance)

PI - Professional Indemnity (Insurance)

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