Building Energy Modeling is a multipurpose tool that is used in new building and retrofit design, building regulation compliance, and planning. For non-domestic properties it typically uses software call Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) and for Domestic properties Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) or (RdSAP) is utilised. This software is used to produce EPC’s, and Part L certificates and reports.
What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?
The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 requires that all non-domestic buildings (with a limited number of exceptions) produce an Energy Performance Certificate on construction, major renovation, sale or rent.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC’s) are required at the time of offer (marketing) for sale or let of the building. The EPC shows an A (efficient) to G (least efficient) asset rating of the building and informs the owner, buyer or occupier of the building’s energy performance. An EPC can be valid for up to 10 years if no major renovation occurs on the building.
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards 2018 (MEES)
From April 2018, a new legal standard for minimum energy efficiency will apply to rented buildings. From 1 April 2018, landlords of buildings within the scope of the MEES Regulations must not renew existing tenancies or grant new tenancies if the building has less than the minimum energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of E - unless the landlord registers an exemption.
After 1 April 2023, landlords must not continue to let any buildings which have an EPC rating of less than E - unless the landlord registers an exemption.
AA Projects has assisted many organisation identify the most cost-effective measures that can improve the properties EPC rating to meet the MEES requirements.
Part L Compliance (BRUKL)
This report is required to help clients achieve compliance with Part L of the building regulations. Building Control will want to see a Building Regulations UK Part L (BRUKL) Compliance Certificate, produced by an Accredited Assessor (using approved software) which clearly shows that based on the planned construction methods, materials and building services, that the new buildings Building Emission Rate (BER) is not greater than the Target Emission Rate (TER). AA Projects can support compliance using SBEM and SAP software for Non-Domestic and Domestic Properties and produce BRUKL reports.
How AA Projects can help
- Fully qualified and accredited assessors
- Fast and efficient service
- Advise on ensuring your building meets the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards
- For new builds advise on achieving the most cost-effective building regulations compliance
- We can help you implement measures to achieve a good energy efficiency rating, which will help make your building more desirable to buy or rent.
For more information, contact the team.