Energy Performance Certificates or EPCs have been required by law in the UK for new property transactions (whether sales or leases) since 2009. In more recent years the use of these certificates has widened to include the application process for public funds through schemes such as the Feed-In Tariff scheme (FITs) or the Green Deal. DHKK Ltd posesses the expertise and qualifications that enables it to conduct all forms of domestic and non-domestic energy assessment inspections. It is happy to advise on the type of service required and to provide quotations for energy assessment inspections or the provision of an EPC.
Section 63 Action Plans have become a legal requirement for most large commercial buildings in Scotland where marketing for sale or lease is to take place. The legislation became active in September 2016 and requires specialist building assessment by qualified and accredited assessors. The assessment process involves a building inspection, with subsequent discussion of appropriate improvement measures prior to the acceptance and publication of an Action Plan. The firm's assessors are fully qualified and authorised to prepare Section 63 Action Plans. They will be happy to discuss the service required and to provide a quotation for the necessary building inspection and Action Plan.
Display Energy Certificates or DECs were introduced at the same time as Section 63 Action Plans and offer an alternative to immediate adoption of Action Plan recommendations. DECs provide an operational rating of actual energy use on a yearly basis and are supported by a Recommendations Report detailing suggested improvement measures. DHKK assessors are fully qualified and authorised to prepare DECs. They will be happy to advise on the type of service required and to provide a quotation for DEC provision.
DHKK Ltd has significant expertise in the detailed assessment of existing buildings for the purpose of identifying cost-effective improvement measures. The firm has the added ability to calculate U-Values for individual building fabric elements, thus permitting accurate energy modelling. Its understanding of construction project management also assists in programming intelligent refurbishment schemes, thus reducing cost in both materials and time
Over the course of the past decade awareness and interest in renewable energy technologies has grown exponentially. As happens in most situations of rapid change there have been many examples of property owners suffering from poor advice and, as a result, installing inappropriate systems that poorly suit their patterns of building occupancy and energy use. This can be of real significance in cases where installation costs are considerable and have a direct effect on the return on investment. DHKK’s assessors have significant experience in this sector and are well placed to ensure that systems are specified that appropriately match occupancy requirements and are optimised to maximise return on investment.