Reading, United Kingdom (PressExposure) October 30, 2009 -- Over the past couple of years the introduction of the Energy Performance Certificate around Europe has meant that landlords, home owners and people in the construction industry have needed to become more aware of the impact of their building on the environment. This is obviously an extremely positive approach to every country reducing the amount of energy they are using and making people more conscious of their impact on the environment. On the other hand, it can be looked upon as yet another pointless expense that is just another money making scheme conceived by governments. With this in mind, do you actually even need an Energy Performance Certificate?
Ever since 2008, an energy performance certificates (EPCs) is required by law whenever a new home is built or a new or existing non-residential building over 50mÂ² is constructed, sold or rented out, the EPC needs to be carried out. Provided there are no changes to layout or construction, the certificate will remain valid for 10 years so there are no ongoing costs once you have received it. With a rating for the standard of the building fabric and building services equipment along with controls for a standardised pattern of use and climate, the certificate can reassure the client as well that the building is being constructed to high industry standards.
Help with Energy Bills
As the energy performance certificate is looking at reducing the CO2 emissions and general wasting of energy within the building, the certificate can be a great way of drastically reducing the energy expenditure over the years. The certificate includes an overall energy rating that is displayed on an A to G colour-coded bar-chart scale to give you a clear indication on how well the building is performing. The EPC will also go on to make recommendations for cost-effective improvement of energy performance, which if implemented, can mean a dramatic reduction in future energy bills. With the ever fluctuating energy market, it is hard to predict how much more we will be paying for energy in the future so it is best to reduce the costs now so future energy amendments to the build have to be carried out.
Although the energy performance certificate is often looked upon as a burden, the certificate can work out to be a blessing in disguise in terms of future bills and quality of building materials working in the most productive way. What you don't want to happen is the EPC to impact too much on the building process or delay the project in any way. This is why finding an energy consultancy that you can trust to carry out the certificate on time and on budget is vitally important. With these factors in mind, Syntegra Consulting are fully qualified to carry out many different energy efficiency certificates, including an EPC. Their years of experience and client list are very impressive and their track record for meeting the deadlines on projects is very impressive. To find out more about Syntegra Consulting visit syntegra-epc.co.uk or contact them direct.