Carbon Credentials offer a full range of compliance services, with particular expertise in the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) Energy Efficiency Scheme. The UK government has made an announcement on 20/6/2012 that 1,800 companies on the London Stock Exchange will be required to fully report their greenhouse gas emissions from April 2013. We are experts at compliance and reporting.
Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) give information on a building’s energy efficiency in a sliding scale from ‘A’ (very efficient) to ‘G’ (least efficient). Only accredited energy assessors can produce DECs and EPCs for business premises.
DECs, EPCs, air conditioning inspections and SBEMs (Simplified Building Energy Models) are described in more detail below.
How can we help?
- we will ensure that you comply with the relevant legislation
- accredited assessors will quickly produce the required compliance certificates and conduct full energy assessments
- experienced energy engineers and surveyors will make practical recommendations for year-on-year energy improvements and demonstrate financial savings
Display Energy Certificates (DECs)
DECs are a way of showing the energy efficiency of a building. The DEC must be displayed clearly in buildings occupied by both public authorities and other institutions providing services to the public, have a floor area of over 1,000 metres squared and are frequently visited by the public. DECs must be updated every year.
Non-domestic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are required when any building (commercial or residential) is sold, rented out or constructed, and sometimes after refurbishment work.
A recommendations report setting out how the rating could be improved accompanies every EPC.
EPCs analyse how buildings are constructed, insulated and serviced, and the type of fuel being used. When choosing a property, comparing EPCs can help occupiers find the most energy efficient premises.
Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM)
SBEM is a software tool that provides an analysis of a building’s energy consumption.
The tool helps to determine CO₂ emission rates for new buildings in compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations (England and Wales) and equivalent Regulations in Scotland and Northern Ireland. It is also used to generate EPCs for non-domestic buildings in construction, for sale or let.
When should I commission an SBEM for a new build project?
As soon as you have the drawings and materials finalised for the building fabric we recommend that we produce an SBEM for you to allow you to make sure the heating, cooling and lighting systems will together enable your proposed building to pass the new stringent energy regulations.
Air conditioning systems use large amounts of energy: up to 50% of a buildings energy usage in some circumstances. Inspections show you inefficiencies in the system and how to reduce your electricity consumption and operating costs. In short, we can we save you money.
All air conditioning systems with an output of more than 12kw must be regularly inspected by an air conditioning inspector. This applies to a floor area greater than around 1,000 sq ft (100 sq m) of conditioned floor space.
Building owners and managers who operate air-conditioning systems have statutory obligations under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) to ensure that air conditioning inspections are conducted by qualified and accredited air-conditioning inspectors.
These inspections are often referred to as TM44 compliance inspections. TM44: Inspection of air conditioning systems was published by CIBSE to provide guidance for inspections in accordance with Article 9 of The EPBD.