Surrey Energy Ratings Ltd provides the legal certificates and recommendation reports for the requirements under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD 2002) initiated by the European Union to promote more energy efficency and ultimately reduce carbon emissions from member states of the EU.
Air Conditioning Certificates are provided once an air conditioning inspection has been conducted on a qualifying building. Any building with 12kW or more of cooling requires an inspection every five years. The certificates are provided with a report that details improvements that could be made to the air conditioning system that would save energy and reduce carbon emissions. Some of these recommendations will be costly; upgrading condensers or chillers for instance. But these recommendations could be carried out once the plant has reached the end of it's useful life. The recommendations as part of the certificate process do not have to be implemented. They are for guidance and to promote an understanding of methods that could be introduced to save energy. Improved guidance for the users of the systems and improving their knowledge of the operation would be a relatively cost effective undertaking.
Commercial Energy Certificates, or Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), are required when a commercial property is being sold or rented. This requires that a survey of the property is undertaken. This takes the form of a data gathering excercise; measuring floor areas, ceiling heights; taking details of any heating/cooling systems and their related controls; taking details of any hot water systems; lighting details; wall, floor and roof constructions including visual evidence of insulation, where possible, otherwise the construction reverts to the building regulations standards of the year of build. This building is then 'zoned' into areas with any differing activities, heating, lighting etc and each wall, floor and ceiling, or envelopes as they are known, are entered into the software. An energy rating and recommendations are produced, with the recommendations tailored to the building. The resultant certificate and recommendation report are valid for ten years.
Domestic Energy Certificates or Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) are required when a domestic property is sold or rented. It also forms part of a Green Deal assessment and is required to access other types of funding that might be available. In order to produce the certificate, a short survey has to be undertaken. This involves measruring floor areas and ceiling heights of each floor and extension. The types of wall, floor and roof construction together with details of any insulation. Noting details of any heating and hot water system and it's controls, types of lighting and windows. As part of our ongoing accreditation, photographic evidence must be gathered at the time of survey. This is to substantiate any findings on the resultant certificate in the event that the survey is called for a quality audit. The resultant certificate is valid for ten years, irrespective if the owner or tenant changes in the meantime.