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The Standard Assessment Procedure, commonly known as SAP,must be carried out on all new dwellings & properties that come under Building Regulations Part L1 & L2, (Conservation of Fuel & Power). This also includes the required Carbon Index Ratings of commercial properties which could lead to lower energy costs.
Whilst the results of such assessments give a very good indication of the thermal qualities & the heat losses from the structures , the actual calculation methods used are laborious & time consuming. These range from Target U-value, the Elemental Method & the Carbon Index Method.
The Bruce Boucher Consultancy can help to ease the burden of SAP by carrying out assessments to BRE & DEFRA Approved Document L standards. In Scotland, to Part J & in N.I. to Technical Booklet F.
Results are tabulated & printed or saved as a PDF document for viewing & printing by the Client The pages can then be included with Planning Applications or be submitted upon request of the Planning Authority. Either way, there is a requirement to supply the information under current Building Regulations.

Display Energy Certifcates (DECs) show the actual energy usage of a building – otherwise known as the “operational rating” – and help the public see the energy effciency of a building. This is based on the energy consumption of the building as recorded by gas, electricity and other meters.
The DEC should be clearly displayed at all times and clearly visible to the public. A DEC is always accompanied by an advisory report that contains recommendations for improving the energy performance of the building. DECs are valid for one year and must be reviewed after this time. The advisory report is valid for seven years.
Only buildings with a total useful floor area more that 1,000 sq m that are occupied or part-occupied either by public authorities or by institutions providing public services to a large number of people and therefore visited by those people, are required to have a DEC.

Every occupier of a building affected by the regulations must display a DEC in a prominent place, clearly visible to the public, unless there are exceptional circumstances. This obligation will be enforced by Trading Standards Offcers.

Since October 2008 all properties - homes, commercial and public buildings - when bought, sold, built or rented need an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Larger public buildings also need to display an energy certificate.
The Energy Performance Certificate is one measure introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of our buildings. Other changes include requiring larger public buildings to display certificates showing the energy efficiency of the building and requiring inspections for air conditioning systems.
The certificate provides energy efficiency A-G ratings and recommendations for improvement. The ratings - similar to those found on products such as fridges - are standard so the energy efficiency of one building can easily be compared with another building of a similar type.
EPCs were first introduced for the marketed sale of domestic homes, as part of the Home Information Pack. If you are buying or selling a home it is now law to have a certificate. From April 2008 this was extended to newly built homes and large commercial properties. Since 1 October 2008 when buildings are built, sold or rented, an EPC has been required. This includes homes on the market before the phased introduction of EPCs for domestic properties in 2007.

Air Conditioning Inspections
The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) places an obligation on air conditioning owners to have systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kW regularly inspected by an energy assessor.

The inspection and report is designed to ensure that building owners or managers are provided with basic information about the effciency of their air conditioning, systems together with advice on how the energy effciency
or effectiveness of these systems might be improved. Note that one or more air conditioning units within a building controlled by a single person are considered to comprise a single air conditioning system for the purposes of the regulations.
Inspections must be a maximum of fve years apart. The first inspection of air conditioning systems must be carried out as follows:

For all systems first put into service on or after January 1, 2008, the first inspection must have taken place within five years of the date when it was first put into service.
For other air conditioning systems, where the effective rated output is more than 250kW the first inspection must happen by January 4, 2009.
For other air conditioning systems, where the effective rated output is more than 12kW the first inspection must happen by January 4, 2011.
From January 4, 2011, if the person in control of the air conditioning system changes and the new person is not given an inspection report, they must ensure the system is inspected within three months of the day they assume control.

The Bruce Boucher Consultancy has qualified Assessors to enable you to comply with the latest regulations. Please contact us for more information about SAP, DECs, EPCs & AC Inspections.

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