Buildings produce nearly half of the UK’s carbon emissions. That’s almost twice that of cars and planes. The way a building is constructed, insulated, heated, ventilated and the type of fuel used, all contribute to its carbon emissions.

SDA undertake energy surveys and analysis to provide practical advice to Clients upon their current energy usage and how this can be reduced. Energy reduction does not always require significant investment in expensive technology and often the simplest measures deliver the most effective payback. SDA apply their expertise to clearly identify a priority of measures to allow Clients to deliver the most effective measures first. SDA’s engineering background allows proper and effective evaluation of the more complex energy saving solutions to ensure that realistic information is delivered to Clients to allow effective decision making.

Energy Performance Certificates

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) have been introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings. The Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations (Statutory Instrument SI 2008/2363) requires that all buildings, either commercial or domestic, need an Energy Performance Certificate upon construction, sale or letting. The certificates provide ‘A’ to ‘G’ ratings for the building, with ‘A’ being the most energy efficient and ‘G’ being the least. The average rating achieved up to now being ‘D’.

EPCs should be issued by energy assessors accredited by an approved energy performance accreditation Schemes (click here for a listing of approved accreditation schemes). These schemes now require evidence to be provided and logged to demonstrate that the information provided as part of the assessment is correct. The production and storage of this information is integral to SDA’s quality assessment procedures.

Services Design Associates are accredited energy assessors and are able produce Energy Performance Certificates together with associated reports suggesting improvements to make your building more energy efficient.

If you would like a quotation for an Energy Performance Certificate, please email and let us have a brief description of your building, including:

• Location

• Internal floor area (m²)

• Total number of rooms

• Description of building e.g. Office, Warehouse, Industrial Process Building etc

• Approximate age

• Please let us know if floor plans are available

• Please let us know if information is available relating to the building services

and construction (for relatively new buildings this should be available in the

form of building manuals/safety file)

Display Energy Certificates

The EPC is part of a series of measures being introduced across Europe to reflect legislation which will help cut buildings’ carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

Other changes include requiring public buildings – for example town halls, libraries, hospitals etc to display certificates showing the energy efficiency of the building and requiring compulsory inspections for air conditioning systems.

The requirement for Display Energy Certificates came into effect on 1 October 2008.

Display Energy Certificates (DEC’s) show the actual energy usage of a building, the Operational Rating, and help the public see the energy efficiency of a building. This is based on the actual energy consumption of the building as recorded by gas, electricity and other meters. The DEC should be clearly displayed at all times and clearly visible to the public. A DEC should be accompanied by an Advisory Report that lists cost effective measures to improve the energy rating of the building.

Display Energy Certificates are only required for buildings with a total useful floor area over 1,000m² that are occupied by a public authority or institution providing a public service to a large number of persons and therefore visited by those persons. They are valid for one year. The accompanying Advisory Report is valid for seven years.

Services Design Associates can assist and advise with the implementation of DECs and the subsequent provision of systems necessary to gather required energy usage data.

Related Projects

Redhouse Police Station

SDA were appointed by South Yorkshire Police to undertake the specification of mechanical and electrical services and administration of works on site for their new police station in Doncaster.

Wimpey Homes Apartments and Town Houses

SDA were appointed by Wimpey Homes to design services for apartments and town houses in Kingsmead, Cheshire.

Morrisons Supermarket – Blyth

Morrison Supermarkets plc approached SDA to carry out enquiries and negotiations with statutory undertakers in order to permit new developments to be undertaken.

State of the Art Production Facility

The project comprised the modification of an existing testing facility at AES Seal plc’s site in Rotherham. The resultant facility

Saxon Way Office Development

The design of mechanical and electrical services within a new office development.

Shirebrook Enterprise Centre

Shirebrook Enterprise Centre is a purpose built £3.5 million development specifically developed to encourage high technology development in the Bolsover area.

St Luke’s Hospice

SDA have specific experience of designing services for palliative care and geriatric units.