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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 do I control the risks from legionella in my water system?
The key point is to design, maintain and operate your water services under conditions that will either prevent or adequately control the risk from legionella bacteria. It is important that you either have, or have access to, competent help to fulfil these obligations.
If you identify a risk that you are unable to prevent, you must introduce appropriate controls. You should introduce a course of action that will help you to control any risks from legionella by describing:
- your system and its component parts eg developing a schematic diagram
- who is responsible for carrying out the assessment and managing its implementation
- the safe and correct operation of your system
- what control methods and other precautions you will be using
- what checks will be carried out to ensure risks are being managed and how often
You should where appropriate:
- ensure that the release of water spray is properly controlled
- avoid water temperatures and conditions that favour the growth of legionella and other micro-organisms
- ensure water cannot stagnate anywhere in the system by keeping pipe lengths as short as possible or by removing redundant pipe work
- avoid materials that encourage the growth of legionella (The Water Fittings & Materials Directory references fittings, materials, and appliances approved for use on the UK Water Supply System by the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme)
- keep the system and the water in it clean
- treat water to either control the growth of legionella (and other microorganisms) or limit their ability to grow.