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Domestic EPC

Domestic Energy Performance Certificates (also called EPCs and Energy Efficiency Certificates). The Energy Performance Certificate is similar to the certificates now provided with domestic appliances such as refrigerators and washing machines.

Its purpose is to record how energy-efficient a property is as a building. The certificate will provide a rating of the property from A to G, where A is very efficient and G is very inefficient.

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Two ratings are shown. The environmental impact rating is a measure of a home’s impact on the environment in terms of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – the higher the rating, the less impact it has on the environment. The energy-efficiency rating is a measure of a home’s overall efficiency. The higher the rating, the more energy-efficient the home is, and the lower the fuel bills are likely to be.

energy ratingenergy ratingEach rating is based on the performance of the building itself and its services (such as heating and lighting), rather than the domestic appliances within it. This is known as an asset rating. The certificate also lists the potential rating of the building if all the cost-effective measures were installed.

The ratings will vary according to the age, location, size and condition of the building. The potential rating on the certificate will take these factors into account, and the suggested measures will be tailored so that they are realistic for the particular building

Commercial EPCs

Bournemouth Energy provides affordable Commercial Energy Performance Certificates (Commercial EPCs) for businesses that are being sold or leased in the United Kingdom. With effect from the 4th of January of this year the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive dictates that a Commercial EPCs will be required upon construction, sale or lease for all non-dwellings, covering everything from small retail units to offices, industrial units and large scale commercial premises such as airports and public buildings. Responsibility for enforcement in newly built properties will fall to Building Control, whilst Trading Standards departments will enforce certification of existing buildings.
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A commercial EPC provides an energy rating for a building which is based on the performance potential of that building.

Services such as lighting, heating and ventilation are taken into account as well as the way in which these services are controlled. The now industry standardized A – G energy rating given on the certificate will reflect the intrinsic energy performance standard of the building relative to a benchmark. This rating could then be used by potential buyers or tenants to make comparisons between properties. The Commercial EPC is accompanied by a secondary report that provides recommendations on how the energy performance of the building could be enhanced, together with an indication of the payback period. These recommendations are provided in four categories relating to the payback period.

Like residential assessments all our assessors are trained to the highest of standards to assess the recommendation report and amend recommendations where appropriate. This makes the report much more suitable to your specific needs. Our experience in commercial property and energy assessment methods allows us to offer the very best and most up to date information.

SAP Calculations/New Build EPCs

Bournemouth Energy is an established energy rating company with a reputation for providing a thorough and professional service at highly competitive rates. Using software approved by the Building Research Establishment, Bournemouth Energy’s experienced team can produce an unbiased, well-informed rating both at design stage and again at completion, if changes have occurred.
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Bournemouth Energy endeavors, wherever possible, to produce accurate results in the fastest possible turnaround time.

SAP calculations (Standard Assessment Procedure) are required under Building regulations Part L1a and Part L1b to provide a building with an energy efficient model to meet both the building regulations Fabric and carbon emission output target.

The SAP calculation is a way to ensure compliance under these building regulations and allows for a qualified and accredited assessor to competently give a predicted rating (as design) to ensure this area of building regulations has been satisfactorily met. Once the building work has been completed Bournemouth Energy will then convert the predicted rating to an On Construction EPC which the developer will need to provide to their Building Control officer.

There are many parts to Building Regulations and Bournemouth Energy can ensure all your SAP Calculation requirements are met. In the instance where the building targets are not met after modelling the SAP calculation based on the proposed design and specification, Bournemouth Energy will provide expert advice on the material changes required that will satisfy Building Regulations under Part L1a & L1b. We will always have the most cost efficient measures at the forefront of our recommendations.

Bournemouth Energy provides SAP calculations on New Build dwellings, Conversions and Extensions.

Floorplan

Floor plans help you (and your mortgage valuer) to compare prices more objectively by highlighting the full size of the property. Buyers can calculate the cost per square foot or meter and see how it relates to other homes for sale in the same neighbourhood.

Plans allow you to glance at the existing layout and orientation of the building. But they also help you to assess whether a home has development potential. A good floor plan will use thick lines for external and likely supporting walls, with thinner lines used to delineate possible partitions. Just be sure to contact a professional surveyor before you start knocking down walls.

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The drawings may also reveal a building’s history. Compare the proportions of all the rooms. Is one much larger than the rest? If so, it could be an extension. Is there a cluster of tiny rooms in an otherwise large house? Maybe a wing of the house was carved up into a granny flat.

Measuring a room, or key pieces of furniture, in your own home will help you to get a feel for sizes and help you to visualize the floor plan more effectively. If you are selling as well as buying, studying the floor plan of your existing home will help you to compare properties.

Beware of dead space. Measurements are taken from the inside of all external walls, including all stairs and built-in cupboards. A 2,000sq ft (186sq m) house spread over five floors would feel smaller than a flat of the same size, even though both would be roughly the same size as seven double-decker buses.

Before the Properties Misdescriptions Act 1991, estate agents did all the measuring up themselves. However, fear of being fined for mistakes has prompted more agents to outsource this job to 3rd Party companies providing floor plans

Inventories

An inventory is a document listing all the spaces in a property, including the garden and outbuildings if appropriate, with a detailed description of the condition and contents like furniture, appliances, decorations, curtains etc. This is agreed at the beginning of the tenancy and is referred back to when the tenant moves out to check for any changes, deterioration or dilapidation.

An inventory should be made shortly before the tenancy commences and the property should have all modifications and refurbishments completed, appliance testing certified, be clean, tidy and ready to be occupied.

Plumbing and Heating

Gas Safety Certificates are there to show your appliances are up to date and serviced properly.

If you are a Landlord then you must be able to provide your tenants with an up to date Gas Safety Certificate/Record.

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By Law you as a landlord must have gas appliances serviced regularly, normally once a year by a qualified gas engineer. The gas engineer will then provide a Gas Safety Record upon completion of the check.

The gas safety check must consist of the following at a minimum…

  • description and location of each appliance and/or flue checked
  • name, registration number and signature of the engineer who did the check
  • date of when the appliance and/or flue was checked
  • the address of the property where the appliance and/or flue is installed
  • name and address of the landlord (and letting agent if applicable)
  • any defect identified and any action required or taken to fix it
  • confirmation of the results of the operational safety checks carried out on the appliances.
  • A service includes a thorough clean of the appliance as well as the gas safety checks.

For a gas safety check or a service, essential safety checks are done to make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use. These checks include the following…

  • checking the flue or chimney to make sure the products of combustion (fumes) are being safely removed to outside.
  • checking there is an adequate supply of fresh air so the gas burns properly.
  • making sure that the appliance is burning the gas properly.
  • making sure all the safety devices are working properly and shutting the appliance off if a fault occurs.

Floor Plans

Floor Plans with Bournemouth Energy

Inventories

Home Inventory management Services

An inventory is a document listing all the spaces in a property, including the garden and outbuildings if appropriate, with a detailed description of the condition and contents like furniture, appliances, decorations, curtains etc.
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This is agreed at the beginning of the tenancy and is referred back to when the tenant moves out to check for any changes, deterioration or dilapidation.

An inventory should be made shortly before the tenancy commences and the property should have all modifications and refurbishments completed, appliance testing certified, be clean, tidy and ready to be occupied.

When is a domestic Inventory a good idea?

With the introduction of the new Tenancy Deposit Scheme in 2007, there has never been a more important reason to get a comprehensive and detailed inventory report carried out for any property you intend to let.
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If there is a dispute and the landlord and tenant cannot agree on how the deposit should be returned, then the deposit scheme has set up a dispute resolution service. Without a detailed inventory the landlord has little hope of succeeding in a claim against any dilapidation. An independent and unbiased inventory will give landlords, letting agents and tenants peace of mind. This Inventory should be a clear, definitive report, detailing the property and its contents in minute detail.

Inventory & condition report

Includes compiling a detailed description of the contents of the property, including any out buildings and gardens. Taking a picture in each room where possible of significant damage. Taking note of all meter readings. The agent will then receive our full colour typed report.

Update

This service is available only when Bournemouth Energy compiled the original inventory,
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the update is no longer than 18 months of the most recent inventory and the property has not under gone any major changes, otherwise a new inventory must be compiled by Bournemouth Energy. The update includes working through the original inventory and making amendments as necessary, new photographs will also be taken as will meter readings. The agent will then receive our full colour typed report.

Check Out

Includes meeting the tenant at the property (if the tenant wishes to attend)
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working through the signed inventory comparing the current condition of each item with the original inventory, taking possession of the keys, obtaining a forwarding address, taking meter readings, taking photographs of any significant damage and outside areas and returning keys to the agent. The agent will then receive our full colour typed report.

Check In

Includes meeting the tenants at the property, handing over the keys (if held by us), check meter readings on Inventory and amending if necessary.
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Reading through the inventory in detail with the tenant and pointing out significant damage. Arranging for the inventory to be signed, completing the check in form, scanning the documents and returning the signed documents to the agent as well as e-mailing the scanned version.

Plumbing and Heating

Gas Safety Certificates providers of Bournemouth Dorset

Building Regulation Compliance certificates

Since April 2005, there has been requirement under the Building Regulations (England & Wales) to notify building works (including the installation/commission of some gas appliances home).
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If gas appliances are notified through this system, as a homeowner you will receive either a Declaration of Safety certificate or a Building Regulation Compliance certificate.

In the UK and Isle of Man any gas safety record given to you after 1st April 2009 will only be valid if the engineer is registered with Gas Safe Register. In Northern Ireland and Guernsey it will only be valid after 1 April 2010.

Are you living in a rented property?

If you rent a property, then ask your landlord for a copy of the current Gas Safety record. This record shows that your gas appliances have had a yearly check, by a registered gas engineer.
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Your Landlord must also maintain gas appliances, so you will need to check the date of when your gas appliances were last serviced.

What do I need to do if I am the Landlord?

If you are a Landlord then you must be able to provide your tenants with an up to date Gas Safety Certificate/Record.
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By Law you as a landlord must have gas appliances serviced regularly, normally once a year by a qualified gas engineer. The gas engineer will then provide a Gas Safety Record upon completion of the check.

What information is on a Gas Safety Certificate?

The gas safety check must consist of the following at a minimum…
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  • description and location of each appliance and/or flue checked
  • name, registration number and signature of the engineer who did the check
  • date of when the appliance and/or flue was checked
  • the address of the property where the appliance and/or flue is installed
  • name and address of the landlord(and letting agent if applicable)
  • any defect identified and any action required or taken to fix it
  • confirmation of the results of the operational safety checks carried out on the appliances.

Isn’t a Service the same as a gas safety check?

Not quite. A service includes a thorough clean of the appliance as well as the gas safety checks.
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For a gas safety check or a service, essential safety checks are done to make sure gas fittings and appliances are safe to use. These checks include the following…

  • checking the flue or chimney to make sure the products of combustion (fumes) are being safely removed to outside.
  • checking there is an adequate supply of fresh air so the gas burns properly.
  • making sure that the appliance is burning the gas properly.
  • making sure all the safety devices are working properly and shutting the appliance off if a fault occurs.

What do I need to do if I am a homeowner?

Building Regulation Compliance certificates

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Since April 2005, there has been requirement under the Building Regulations (England & Wales) to notify building works (including the installation/commission of some gas appliances home).

If gas appliances are notified through this system, as a homeowner you will receive either a Declaration of Safety certificate or a Building Regulation Compliance certificate.

In the UK and Isle of Man any gas safety record given to you after 1st April 2009 will only be valid if the engineer is registered with Gas Safe Register. In Northern Ireland and Guernsey it will only be valid after 1 April 2010.

For more information, please see the Gas Safety Certificate Web Site

Testimonials

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Bournemouth Energy Partners

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