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What is an EPC?
An EPC certificate tells you how energy efficient your property is, aiming to give you an indication of how much it will cost you to heat and light the property, and how much CO2 the property emits.
It also crucially tells buyers or renters what changes they can make to improve the efficiency of the property in order to reduce their energy bills. This could include everything from adding/upgrading insulation, switching to energy-saving light bulbs and purchasing new A-Rated appliances.
The idea behind an EPC is to inform you of what you can do to improve the energy efficiency of your property, saving money, and also to demonstrate how attractive the property is from an energy perspective for potential buyers.
The better the rating the lower the cost of running the property.
What information does a commercial EPC contain?
An EPC is intended to inform potential buyers or tenants about the energy performance of a building. The purpose of an EPC is to allow consideration of energy efficiency as part of their investment or business decision to buy or occupy that building.
The EPC shows the energy efficiency rating (relating to running costs) of a non-domestic property. The rating is shown on an A-G rating scale similar to those used for fridges and other electrical appliances.
The EPC includes recommendations on how to improve the energy efficiency
Certification & Accreditations
- ISO 9001
- Gas Safe Certificate
- LCA Certificate
How often should I test water for Legionella?
It depends on the system that you have and the outcome of your risk assessment. For open systems, such as cooling towers, evaporative condensers and spa pools etc, routine testing should be carried out at least quarterly. However, there may be circumstances were more frequent sampling may be required.
For hot and cold water systems, which are generally enclosed, i.e. not open to the elements and significant contamination in the same way as cooling towers, microbiological monitoring is not usually required. But there may be circumstances where testing for legionella is necessary eg where there is doubt about the efficacy of the control regime or where recommended temperatures or disinfection concentrations are not being consistently achieved . Further guidance is available in HSG274 Part 2find out more