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Technical Updates

7th June 2018

EPCs, DECs, TM44s - lots of acronyms, but what exactly do they stand for and do you need this type of certification for your building?

EPCs

24th May 2018

You will have heard or definitely seen publications regarding a change to the BREEAM regulations. The change came into play on 24th March 2018 and all new schemes registered after this date will be subject to the 2018 standards rather than the previous 2014 version.

So what has changed?

There have been a number of significant changes to the category credits.  Some of the main points to mention include:

Management

15th May 2018

The writing's on the wall, the windows, the roof and on your boiler. I am talking about the looming energy compliance deadline for Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for both commercial and domestic properties.

The Energy Efficiency in Buildings Regulations 2015 makes it unlawful to issue a lease to a new or existing tenant unless there is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in place with a rating of E or above from 1st April 2018.

8th February 2018

An energy or sustainability statement is a report document that confirms a development will meet and how it will meet any regional set energy targets or sustainability policies.  The document is used to support planning applications as evidence and to aid a successful approval.  The documents are now more commonly a mandatory requirement rather than an optional requirement.

30th November 2017

As the colder months set in, follow these tips to save energy and money over the Winter period.

  • Open your curtains during the day and make the most of the heat from the sun.
  • Cover up drafty windows with plastic sheets and tape to keep the cold air out.
  • Schedule a service for your heating system to keep it running efficiently.
  • Reduce heat loss from your fireplace by keeping it covered when not in use.
  • Swap your old Christmas lights for energy saving LED’s.