Commercial EPC’s and Non Domestic EPC’s
Commercial EPCs are required for new non domestic buildings and existing non domestic buildings which are to be sold or rented.
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Since October 1, 2008, a newly constructed non-domestic building, or an existing building put on the market for sale or rent, requires a Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (NDEPC) and a Recommendation Report (RR). This information helps owners and occupiers make their building more energy efficient, enabling potential buyers and tenants to compare and contrast energy performance.
An NDEPC must be produced by an accredited Non-Domestic Energy Assessor who has been trained and monitored to ensure they have the appropriate skills and knowledge to carry out a professional inspection. The assessor reports on the type and efficiency of the heating, hot water, lighting, ventilation and air conditioning services (if any).
The process involves modelling the building’s size, shape, location and details in an approved calculation methodology (NCM) using certified software such as SBEM. An “SBEM calc” as they are commonly known, produces a figure for the total energy consumed in the property and converts this to carbon dioxide emissions. The results are presented in a ranked chart from A – G similar to those seen on new electrical appliances.
NDEPCs are not Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and should not be confused with such. All larger public buildings require an annual Display Energy Certificate (DEC) highlighting their actual energy consumption and energy performance.
This is to be displayed prominently, in a place visible to the public.
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