Under the Energy Act 2011, from April 2018, it will be unlawful to let properties that fail to achieve a prescribed Minimum Energy Performance Standard (MEES) until qualifying improvements have been carried out. It is expected that this minimum standard will be equivalent to an commercial Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E. As a result, owners of properties with EPC ratings of F or G will, in some circumstances, no longer be able to let these properties until their energy efficiency has been addressed. In this day and age to be unable to let your properties is company suicide. This is how we can help.
Do you have an commercial Energy Performance Certificate attached correctly to your property? If yes and it’s a D or above EPC grade, you may think to yourself, I’m exempt from MEES and it will not affect me. However, it does not work that way, surprise surprise!
Energy Performance Certificates last for 10 years, but to produce an EPC, many factors need to be taken into account such as; what year it was produced? is it from a reputable assessor? is it correctly attached? These all have massive implications.
BEST Compliance assessors have extensive experience producing commercial EPCs and in-particular commercial EPC audits on a variety of property and property portfolios. Our conclusion is that many EPC’s produced by inexperienced EPC assessors yield many harmful errors. We have, in more instances than you would think, have found EPC’s placed on the wrong building, whilst the business name was correct, the address was incorrect, thus making the client think they had a valid EPC when they didn’t, as the UPRN (Unique Property Reference Number) was for the neighbouring unit. Inexperience also showed in the grade where a lack of engineering understanding of the heating and ventilation systems showed default values being used for equipment (this is normally the poorest efficiency 65%) whilst in real terms the units could be operating between 80 -90%. This affects the grade substantially, in some cases knocking down from a C to a G rating.
However, the biggest issue for a Commercial EPC is the year of when they were produced. This has a massive bearing on the grade, EPC are built from approved documents, and in particular Approved Document L Energy Efficiency. Since the year 2010 these are reformed every three years. From modelling both the 2010 and 2013 changes, it is likely that a building’s current EPC rating will dropped one band each time that the Building Regulations are reformed and tightened. As EPCs are valid for 10 years, some older EPCs may not be reflecting the current rating of the building.
As of April 1st, 2018 all leases to new and existing tenants will require your buildings to have a minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) at an E EPC rating, with all other lease types including those in a rollover period to follow in April 2023.
The landlord will have 6 months from lease inception to undertake the required works and one month to produce evidence when requested.
Failure to comply, will be met by enforcements from the local authority and trading standards.
Best Compliance can give expert advice on how to best approach the new regulations, our primary solution for this is to undertake a unique survey called an EPC Alpha Plus, starting from as little as £200.
We recommend this for any properties with a current “E” grade or below as they are in immediate danger of falling foul of the 2018 MEES and give a risk management solution.
Firstly, we cross check if there is a current commercial EPC attached to the building, and if so, is it accurate and useable. We then undertake an in-depth energy survey of the property, before building up a sophisticated 3D energy model of the property and run it through multiple computer simulations to find the optimum solution(s). You are then supplied with up to 5 alternatives to gain a minimum of a D rating. However, we do not stop there! Our team are also able to cost the works, working from the simulations to provide estimates to show if it is within the 7-year payback period. Our goal is to find you the most cost effective and optimum method(s) to reach your required EPC.
EPC Alpha plus is the highest report we undertake this includes previous stage 1 and stage 2 reports, but is accompanied by a stage 3, this incorporates costings to implement work and a typical payback period which is a very important part of the new legislation.
We also write a detailed report stating what Lighting and HVAC improvements are recommended and their specification with regards to efficiency. For example, replacing all existing T8 recessed lighting to LED lamps and fittings should achieve a minimum lamp and ballast efficacy of xx lumens/watt and a light output ratio of xx etc.
We use a tailored built in-house costing software, using quotations from previous jobs and reputable price books, accompanied by location factors and tender priced indexes which will enable you to have outlined competitive costings to undertake the works.
All this is put together in a comprehensive professional report and is becoming the most popular service we provide.
Excellent! Quite simply from start to finish - really easy process for our commercial EPC, pricing was clear and fair, the assessor was flexible about timescales and extremely polite whilst on site. Highly recommended service and certainly added to our trusted supplier list. Report turnaround was quick too.
Best Compliance has been working jointly with the community sector and Dudley Council to evaluate the energy efficiency of various buildings. They have demonstrated a detailed knowledge of building energy efficiency and where applicable have made practical recommendations as to how the efficiency could be improved. This process has helped to ensure compliance with Minimum Energy Efficiency standards, allowing the council to lease building to community groups, and community groups to deliver social value.
BEST Compliance Ltd always deliver first class standards and service. From their booking process, through to advice from one of their knowledgeable members of staff. BEST compliance keep you in the loop at all times. As an Estate Manager for a large retail firm, we hold a number of diverse properties, BEST Compliant were best suited to send an assessor and always deliver in turning around drawings, lease plans and EPC’s within a tight timeframe to meet our needs.
The BECCI project from The University of Wolverhampton would like to congratulate Best Compliance LTD for their nomination for West Midlands Energy Consultancy of the year. The organisation is dedicated to provide excellent service to their customers with integrity and passion. We are impressed by the way in which the organization seeks to improve continuously and remain leaders in its industry. We foresee great success in their future and sincerely hope the receive the well-deserved and prestigious recognition.
Pleasure to deal with. Lets face it, who wants to pay for something from which you gain neither pleasure nor profit. However an EPC report is a legal requirement for the sale of a property so the pain of paying was reduced by the friendly and affable nature of both Andy and James. Thank you guys, will recommend you at any opportunity.
BEST Compliance undertook a Commercial EPC on our properties on Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton and we are delighted with the service they provided. They were pleasant, punctual and well-presented and showed excellent technical knowledge in terms of building construction, building services and energy efficiency. The Commercial EPC was provided in an extremely fast time frame and the aftercare was first class in all our requests and further questions. We would have no hesitation to recommend them to any other potential clients.
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