With our Energy Audits and Carbon Management Plans we aim to assess the current performance of a building or site, identify energy and reduction measures with estimated costs and savings, and produce action plans with realistic targets for year on year improvements. Our knowledge of how buildings work helps us to ensure our energy management measures are cost-effective and practical. We also provide an ‘Energy and Water Management’ service for the monitoring of a large portfolio of buildings with regular reporting of consumption. This includes benchmarking and recommendations for further investigations into any highlighted areas of concern.
Our Environmental Consultancy service gives us the opportunity to work with a building or portfolio over a sustained period and to monitor and measure improvements made over time. Through a regular programme of auditing, reporting, and tenant engagement we are able to identify inefficiencies, recommend energy saving measures, measure and report on our success, and inform the building’s occupiers. Through working closely with the building team and occupiers we are able to make a real difference to the sustainability and environment of these sites.
We provide services to help our clients meet the requirements of the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive such as EPCs, DECs, and AC Systems Inspections. Our knowledge and understanding of buildings means that we are able to produce EPCs and DECs with a quick turnaround, whilst our stringent QA process ensures that these documents are always of the highest quality with the best rating possible.
We also provide EPC Improvement reports to help our clients minimise the risk posed by the forthcoming Minimum Energy Performance Standards legislation, which is expected to prevent buildings from being let or sold if they are rated F or G. Our Improvement reports give clear recommendations on the potential impact on the EPC rating of various options including budget costs.
In our experience, it is quite common for the metering within a building to be poorly understood or for there to be a lack of confidence in the available data. When it comes to energy metering and occupier recharging it is especially important to be confident in the figures given the amount of money often involved. For this reason we have found our Metering and Infrastructure Analysis services can be very helpful in clarifying how power is distributed through a building and how the costs should be apportioned. Additionally we have provided Metering Strategy reports to help our clients devise appropriate cost-effective metering solutions which also maximise the potential for energy management works going forward.
ISO 14001 and 50001 are Energy and Environmental Management Systems which have become increasing popular in the last few years. We believe 14001 and 50001 accreditation can bring many benefits to our clients including the recognition for the commitment to sustainability and helping develop a long-term plan for improving environmental performance. However, achieving accreditation is not easy and the amount of preparation can be daunting and very time-consuming, so we offer a service to assist with the process wherever needed, including preparing 14001 and 50001 documentation, carrying out internal audits, training staff, and liaising with third-party auditors.
ESOS affects large businesses (over 250 employees or a turnover of over 50m Euros) and requires mandatory Energy Audits to be carried out by December 2015 and every four years thereafter. These audits must include a review of the total energy consumption of the organisation, including energy used in buildings, transport, and processes. The audits should identify cost-effective energy saving opportunities and must be reviewed and signed off by a board-level Director and an ESOS Lead Assessor. With a Lead Assessor in our team, we are well-placed to help you or your clients with ESOS compliance.
The Heat Network Regulations 2014 affect any Landlord responsible for communal heating, cooling, or hot water networks. All ‘heat suppliers’ must notify the National Measurement Office (NMO) about their heat networks by 31st December 2015, and undertake a metering viability assessment by December 2016. If heat metering is found to be financially and technically viable then metering must be installed by December 2016 to allow for tenants to be accurately billed for the heating and cooling they are supplied. As energy engineers we are able to assist with completing the notification forms and viability assessments, so please do get in touch if you think these regulations will apply to your buildings.