After months of hard work, we are proud to announce that we are SANAS Accredited Inspection Body No. EPC0003. What that means is that we are now allowed to issue an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) for your building.
With over 100,000 buildings requiring EPC assessment by the 8 December 2022 deadline, there is bound to be a backlog of applications to SANAS accredited Inspection Bodies.
We are here to help you get ahead of the pack and make sure that your building complies with the EPC Regulations before the deadline
Getting an Energy Performance Certificate for your building does not have to be a daunting task. With the right partner and the right preparation, you can turn this mandatory requirement into a real opportunity for improvement.
If you are still unsure whether your building requires an EPC, have a look at the Criteria for Compliance below. If your building meets the three criterion, we suggest you keep reading.
Criteria for Compliance
The building’s predominant occupancy class is one of the 4 listed on the left.
The building is larger than 2000 square meters (if privately owned) or 1000 square meters (if owned by an organ of state).
The building has not undergone major renovations in the last 2 years.
How our EPC process works:
Given the tendency to involve as many different types of professionals as possible, regulatory compliance can quickly change into a lengthy and expensive exercise. At Powerstar, we strive to keep these associated costs as low as possible. By putting together an experienced and competent Inspection Body that is willing and able to accompany you every step of the way, Powerstar has reduced the need to involve other parties that come with their own (generally high) price tags.
This does, however, call for cooperation between building owners (or their representatives) and Powerstar. To achieve this, we have developed a well thought out, yet simple, 5-step process to ensure that all necessary information is conveyed when and how it is required. By following these steps we can keep the process as efficient and cost-effective as possible.
Step 1: Consultation
The idea of starting the process off with a consultation is to ensure that all parties understand their roles and responsibilities from the outset. The consultation will be chaired by one of our designated EPC specialists who will explain the entire process to your building representatives. After this consultation, all parties should have a good idea of what is needed from them before the actual EPC inspection activities (which are needed in order to issue the Energy Performance Certificate) commence. This should also give all parties a good indication of how long the process is expected to take and what the related costs will be.
A major part of this consultation is data request. The first inspection activity that forms part of our EPC process is the analysis of the relevant data, being data relating to the size, occupancy class and energy consumption of your building. We have a checklist of data that we will request from you. Upon receipt of this data, we will be able to advise on steps that need to be taken to simplify the process. The quality of data that you are able to provide plays a major role in the complexity of the process.
Step 2: Feedback on Data Analysis
Once we have had a chance to look at your data we will be well-positioned to advise you on how we will be moving forward with the EPC process. This can go one of two ways. If the data that you provide is extensive enough for the purposes of your building, then our Inspection Team can start with further analysis and verification of the information that you have provided.
Once all of the information that you have provided can be verified by means of our internal verification checklist, the team will get started on compiling an EPC report for you. If, however, the data provided to us is insufficient for purposes of a SANS 1544 Energy Performance Certificate, we will need to do something about that. Fortunately for you, Powerstar has been at the forefront of innovative energy solutions for the better part of a decade. We are thus well geared to help you gather all of the relevant data that will allow us to issue you with an accurate Energy Performance Certificate.
In most cases, it will be possible to ascertain whether the data that you have will be sufficient at the Consultation stage. If this is the case, we will inform you of this as soon as possible so that we can make the necessary changes at an early stage to stop costs from piling up.
Step 3: The Inspection
We are required to inspect your building to verify that all of the information that you have provided us is accurate. Once our team is happy with the quality of data that you have provided us, we will contact you to arrange for one of our Inspectors to conduct an on-site inspection of your building. The duration and complexity of this inspection will depend on various factors such as the size of your building, the number of occupancy classes, the energy used outside your building, and the different types of energy carriers that supply your building with energy.
Step 4: Report Compilation
SANS 1544 requires the energy performance data of your building to be displayed in a specific way. The purpose of our EPC Report is to lay all of this data out for you in a way that makes sense to you as building owner. After all, the purpose of this exercise is not only to comply with the law, but to turn such compliance into an opportunity for your building to improve on the way it uses energy.
The report highlights the calculations that we performed along the way to get to your final Energy Performance Scale rating. This enables you to better understand where the deficiencies are in your building and how you can improve before your next Energy Performance inspection in 5 years time.
Step 5: Issuing your Energy Performance Certificate
Once we have completed your EPC report, all that is left to do is for us to issue you with an Energy Performance Certificate. This is the certificate that you are required by law to publicly display at the entrance of your building. The regulations governing these certificates provide that you (the building owner) are responsible for communicating the result of our inspection and the corresponding certificate to the South African National Energy Development Institute. However, since we promised to help you till the end, we will take care of this to make sure that all of your compliance obligations are fulfilled.
“How much will it cost to get my building EPC Certified?”
– Unsurprisingly the most common question that we get asked.
The truth is, we don’t know the costs until we know the building. What we do know, however, is that we are not here to turn compliance requirements into undefined financial nightmares. That is why our Consultation phase is so important. It is at that stage that we will be able to develop an understanding of what we will need to do in order to get your building certified. From there we can agree on the work to be done and who needs to do it. Once these parameters are defined, all parties will have a better understanding of what the process will cost for all involved.
Get in contact with our EPC division to answer any questions that you may have. If you are ready to get started, they will gladly help you become part of our EPC process.