Alpine Facilities Services undertake professional surveys which focus on mandatory legislation concerning the European Performance of Buildings Directive and Ozone Regulations.

We undertake TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments throughout the UK and are at the forefront of providing Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificates, Display Energy Certificates, and ESOS Reporting. We design, manage and undertake a complex and wide range of compliance survey services on behalf of clients operating throughout the UK and Europe.

We have built up a wide and varied range of customers by carrying out in-depth and often, extensive surveys by offering diverse and bespoke survey solutions to a number of public and private sector organisations.

By building working relationships over the longer term, we have been able to undertake mandatory, compliance testing in complex and highly regulated environmental and business sectors which often require complex and technical analysis and planning beforehand.

Service delivery and client retention is a key driver of our business philosophy. By building and nurturing relationships, it enables us to plan ahead and assess the potential future impact of Legislative changes on buildings in order for our clients to best manage their portfolios and the desired outcome of future changes in the law.

We utilise the latest the latest computerised software in order to provide meaningful reports which are not only informative but enable our clients to improve performance of their building and portfolios. We carry out assessments from single site users right through to surveying over a hundreds of sites on behalf of national retailers and large private companies.

TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Reports

Building owners and operators who operate air condition systems have statutory obligations under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) to ensure that air conditioning inspections are conducted by qualified and accredited air-conditioning inspectors.

The first inspection of all existing air conditioning systems with a total building output of over 12 kW should have been completed by 4th January 2011.

The first inspection of all existing systems over 250 kW cooling capacity should have been completed by 4th January 2009.

New systems installed over 12 kW installed after January 2008 must be inspected within 5 years of being put into service.

Core Survey Services

TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments

Non Domestic EPCs;

• Existing Buildings

• Design Stage

• Completion of Project

F Gas Registers

ESOS Reports Display Energy Certificates (DECs)

Key Customer Sectors

Bluelight (Police/Ambulance/Fire)

Consultancies

Corporate

Defence

Education

Government / Councils

M & E Companies

NHS

Healthcare

Legal

Retail

Industrial

Manufacturing

Aerospace

Engineering

Banking

 

High volume independent experts in Commercial Energy Performance Certificates and Display Energy Certificates covering UK and Ireland.

Energy Performance Certificates for existing building and new developments.

Existing building for sale or let.

alpine facilities servicesThe Energy Performance of Buildings Directive introduced certification requirements for all commercial buildings across Europe, and this has now been in place for some years, although the Legislation is strengthening and being updated frequently.

Since 1 October 2008 all commercial buildings require an EPC on sale, rental or upon construction. It is the responsibility of the person selling or renting a building to have a valid EPC to show to prospective buyers and tenants. The latest amendments to the legislation also make the Estate Agent responsible. EPCs are now necessary to access various types of Government funding.

The certificate is valid for ten years, or until a revised EPC is prepared for alteration reasons. The certificate records how energy efficient a property is as a building providing ratings from A-G and is accompanied by a recommendation report that lists measures to improve the energy rating. A rating is also given showing what could be achieved if all the recommendations were implemented.

An EPC is only required when a building is sold or rented out. New tenancies are a common reason to need an EPC.

The sale and let of commercial buildings can be complex with floors let to different tenants, and with a mixture of retail, office and residential accommodation. The EPC required for any space offered for sale or let must reflect the accommodation on offer.

An EPC can be prepared for the whole building, even if that building has parts designed or altered to be used separately with separate heating systems. Our reports often undertake shopping centre work where complex calculations are required, at level 4 or even level 5 EPCs, which require dynamic modelling (DSM). This type of work is an example of the Assessor Company needing to understand the Legislation, when many individual tenancies are involved.

If a building has a common heating system, then the seller or prospective landlord can prepare (or make available) an EPC for the whole building or for a part designed or altered to be used separately. The EPC will be based on the energy consumption of the building apportioned in relation to the area of the accommodation being offered.

For buildings with separate parts and separate heating systems, an EPC can be prepared for each part of a building that is being offered separately for sale or let.

Buildings with Residential accommodation; Any separate residential accommodation that is self-contained will require its own EPC (using SAP or RdSAP as appropriate). Residential space that can only be accessed via commercial premises (i.e. a house with a shop in a downstairs room or a shop with accommodation where the access is through the shop) will be assessed with the commercial premises as a single building (where SBEM is more appropriate).

Modifications to a building; If a building is modified to have more or less parts that are designed or altered to be used separately and the modification includes the provision or extension of heating, hot water, air conditioning or mechanical ventilation then an EPC for the building must be provided on completion of the work.

Failure to provide an EPC can result in a fine of 12.5% of the rateable value of the building up to a maximum of £5,000. Enforcement is carried out by local Trading Standards departments.

There are certain exemptions, such as;
Places of worship; Temporary buildings with a planned time of use less than two years; Stand -alone buildings with a total useful floor area of less than 50m2 that are not dwellings; Industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings with low energy demand.

In respect of Feed in Tariffs for such things like Solar Heating, Renewable Heat incentive and Green Deal, it is a requirement to have an EPC undertaken before any work takes place, and a second EPC upon completion. Alpine undertakes a constant stream of EPCs in relation to Feed in tariff schemes and are experts in advising how to ensure compliance with this sector of government funding.

We have various low cost or no-cost options for renewable and power saving schemes; call us should you wish to discuss with no commitment. We are not tied to any form of contractor and therefore offer independent advice at all times.

A new re-draft of the regulations was launched on 9th January 2013 and contains some important provisions, as follows:

For Energy Performance Certificates in Scotland

A need to include the energy performance indicator of the EPC (e.g. EPC=B) in all advertisements in commercial media. This is an amendment to the EPB regulations.

The area threshold above which an EPC is required to be displayed in public buildings changes from 1,000 m² to 500 m². This is an amendment to the EPB regulations, building regulations and revised standard 6.9 and accompanying guidance in the Technical Handbooks.

Introduction of a requirement to display an EPC (if a valid EPC exists) in a prominent position in all non-domestic buildings over 500 m², other than public buildings, which are frequently visited by the public. This is an amendment to the EPB regulations, building regulations and revised standard 6.9 and accompanying guidance in the Technical Handbooks.

The requirement to display EPCs in existing public buildings and buildings visited by the public (noted above) is now addressed and enforced through regulation 9 of The Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations. The previous Direction to Local Authorities applying standard 6.9 to this issue is therefore withdrawn.

New construction/buildings requiring Design Stage EPCs and Completion EPCs

We are regularly commissioned to undertake EPCs which are necessary as part of the Building Regulations application and sign off process. We work as part of the team, producing what the EPC prediction is likely to be whilst based on the Architects drawings. It is critical that the EPC consultant is brought in early to avoid possibly significant design changes later, at great cost. We advise on the correct renewables to include within any scheme, and advise on costs in addition to “feed in tariffs”. We undertake design stage EPCs on both commercial and residential premises.

Upon completion of any scheme in the UK it is a requirement to produce an “As Built EPC” and this EPC must meet the required grade. It is not a straightforward exercise, but we have skilled staff who will advise and provide any client with a fixed price per site/unit.

For detailed advice, initially contact us on 0845 520 2014.

Further reading

PDF Document: A guide to Energy Performance Certificates for the construction, sale and let of non-dwellings >

Display Energy Certificates>

DEC_Display_Energy_CertificateDisplay Energy Certificate (DEC) and advisory reports are required for all “Public” buildings with a total useful floor area over 1,000m2 that are occupied in whole or part by public authorities and by institutions providing public services. This has been the case since 2008. What has changed in January 2013 is that this size ratio has been reduced to 500m2, although once the first visit has been undertaken, the building need not have an update for 10 years. In 2015 the size limit is to be reduced to 250m2, and at Alpine we believe the update time is likely to be brought into line with the larger buildings; i.e. Annual.

Large building DECs must be renewed every 12 months; many have forgotten this and have outdated DECs, and are therefore breaking the law. What is also being discovered, in large numbers, is that the early DECs were not reflective of what was being found on site, and were incorrect. This was a symptom of the Assessors being newly qualified and inexperienced in those early days. Site visits only need to be undertaken every 5 years, we see many enquiries coming in to us on a “1 plus 4” basis which is one visit, plus four desktop reports to follow, annually. Importantly, and this is an area of serious concern on the DEC world, the SAME ASSESSOR must undertake the desktop surveys as undertook the first site visit for the desktop reports to be valid. Building owners are therefore urged to use only robust companies to undertake DECs, as they may find themselves having to pay for new site visits if the Assessor Company is not contracted for 5 years.

Display Energy CertificateA Display Energy Certificate shows the energy performance of a building based on actual energy consumption as recorded annually over periods up to the last three years (the Operational Rating). The DEC also shows an Asset Rating when first undertaken. A DEC is valid for one year and must be updated annually if the building exceeds 1000m2. In Scotland, EPCs and DECs are combined and Assessors need to be qualified to undertake Scottish work. We regularly undertake work in Scotland, so this is not an issue.

The Operational Rating (OR) is a numerical indicator of the actual annual carbon dioxide emissions from the building. The various types of energy consumption from occupying a building must be brought together on a common basis so that the performance of one building can be compared with that of another. The OR is based on the amount of energy consumed during the occupation of the building over a period of 12 months.

This rating is shown on a scale from A to G, and is displayed on a certificate which we issue upon completion. Also shown are the Operational Ratings for the previous two years; this provides information on whether the energy performance of the building is improving or not.

Collating information, in collaboration with our Energy Assessor, is something the client needs to do. We will need to obtain actual meter readings or consignment notes for all fuels used in the buildings. This may include gas fuels, oil fuels, solid fuels, district heating and cooling, grid electricity and electricity generated on site or obtained by private distribution systems from other sites.

For district heating and cooling and electricity generated on site, or obtained by private distribution systems from other sites, the average carbon factor for the fuel over the accounting period will need to be obtained.

We undertake DECs at high volume throughout the UK, particularly within the Local Authority and schools sector. We have staff who are qualified to undertake not only DECs but also EPCs and TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments. We also advise all clients to check whether they have air conditioning, and read this section on our website; there is also legislation in addition to DECs which could cause Trading Standards to issue a fine for non- compliance due to not having a report called a TM44.

DFP officials and Building Control officers from the relevant District Council area have the duty of enforcement on DECs. These officers can act on complaints from the public or make random investigations themselves and if they believe that the building is subject to any of the duties under the Regulations, they can request production of the relevant documents. This information must be provided within 7 days of the request and the enforcement officers may take copies of any documents provided for inspection. Failure to comply with the request of the enforcement officers, or the Regulations, may result in the issue of a penalty charge notice. The penalty for each breach is £500 for failing to display a DEC at all times in a prominent place clearly visible to the public and £1,000 for failing to have possession of a valid advisory report.

All building owners seeking such awards as Green Cloak, Eco School, Green Deal finance, ISO 14001 and Carbon Trust accreditation should be aware that a lack of DEC and/or TM44 Air conditioning report could cause failure to maintain or achieve an award. Nearly 70% of schools on England and Wales are on the Eco Schools programme, particularly in that sector, Head Teachers are encouraged to call us on 0845 520 2014 for independent, impartial advice on next steps.

Our offering in this sector is as follows;

  • Instant quotations, we just need an e mail with the building type and size
  • National Coverage with similar offering to our F Gas division
  • £5 Million PI cover


Further reading

PDF Document: Display Energy Certificate Changes 2013>

EPC News

 

ESOS (Energy Savings and Opportunities Scheme): An opportunity for your business, or a severe penalty – Alpine leads the way as Lead Assessors or Building Surveyors.

We can analyse your commitments and provide a low cost solution.

alpine facilities servicesWhat is the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)?

This means over 9000 of Britain’s biggest companies will be required to comply – with completed audits to be undertaken by December 2015.

The Energy Savings and Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) requires all large UK businesses to assess their energy consumption on a four year cycle from 5 December 2014. The latest guidance was issued in September 2014. Some will see this as just a cost – Alpine already survey over 20 commercial Buildings each week, and have the staff in place to complete the building survey element and the ESOS requirement; for Operators of large numbers of buildings this is the biggest cost area.

ESOS requires mandatory energy assessment and energy saving identification for all large undertakings and their corporate groups with 250+ employees or an annual turnover of €50m (approx. £40m) and an annual balance sheet of €43m (approx. £34m). Obligated businesses will have to measure all energy consumption and determine areas of significant energy use (90% of spend/use) whilst considering the implementation of systems and to ensure compliance and reporting to the Environment Agency. This will all be determined by your Lead Assessor which Alpine can provide.

Energy RatingsWhatever is thought of the scheme, you must comply.

Businesses need to act now – It is essential to start planning now.

There is only 12 months to complete the first phase of surveys and reporting, which need to be lodged by December 2015, or significant fines follow, and these rise by the day.

When Do I Need To Act?

The date for assessing if your business fits the qualifying criteria is 31 December 2014. Compliance with ESOS is then expected by 5th December 2015, so in order to minimise business risk, your Organisation should be thinking about this legislation now, and start survey work early in 2015.

If we ignore the scheme what are the consequences?

In September 2014 the Environment Agency published its latest guide on fines, and they will be as follows;

  • The December 2015 deadline for submitting the Audits; don’t meet this and it’s a £50,000.00 fine plus £500.00 per day for each day of non-compliance up to £40,000.00
  • Total fines could therefore amount to £90,000.00 and then the Environment Agency may take additional action.
  • The Environment Agency have disclosed that they will display the details of non-compliant Companies, and the fines, on their website.

Where do I start?

Alpine have taken the mystery out of ESOS, it’s not hard to comply, but actions are necessary straight away.

All you need is;

  • A Lead Assessor.
  • DEC qualified surveyors who can provide consistent results.
  • A willing Energy Department to supply data.
  • A fully considered sampling approach appropriate to your business
  • Alpine have the necessary staff, working Nationally

How can I comply with ESOS?

  • Organisations are required to review the total energy use and energy efficiency of the organization and identify cost-effective energy savings opportunities by undertaking an energy audit.
  • The various routes to compliance:
    • ISO 50001 (Energy Management System) certification is a direct route to ESOS compliance. If you have ISO 50001 certification you will be considered to have met the obligations of the ESOS scheme; if not, this is an expensive option.
    • ISO 14001 (Environmental Management System) certification is not a direct route to compliance, however evaluating energy use as an environmental impact provides a good starting point for organizations. It is also a great base to work from to gain ISO 50001 (energy management) certification, an expensive route to ESOS.
    • Undertake Green Deal Assessments or DECs on all buildings. Alpine advocate ESOS DECs
    • You can use BS EN 16247-1 (Energy audits) on buildings as part of ESOS; more expensive than ESOS DECs, the Alpine chosen route.
  • A willing Energy Department to supply data.
  • A fully considered sampling approach appropriate to your business.

 

Maximise payback and reduce the cost of your scheme.

ESOS may be viewed as yet another level of time-intensive and costly enviro-compliance on top of the existing Carbon Reduction Commitment, Mandatory Carbon Reporting and Climate Change Levy. Alpine recognise that most clients seek low cost solutions, the large Clients that this Legislation affects already have Energy Managers, ESOS is just another tool for them to use.

Our existing independent team will organise all necessary building surveys for ESOS and either work with the Clients own Lead Assessor, or we will complete the whole process.

  1. ESOS is here: We’re already in Phase 1, get Registered
  2. It’s mandatory: If ESOS applies to you, you’ve got to comply
  3. Investment is minimal: Typical audits cost just a fraction of energy spend, Alpine have a low cost building survey and sampling solution.
  4. Act quickly: You must register by December 2014 to avoid the fines starting, and then get going with your programme, you only have 12 months.
  5. Avoid the fines: – for not registering it will cost £5,000 in December 2015, plus £500 per day, then an additional £50,000 in the same month plus £500 per day for not complying.
  6. Maximum ROI: Implement the improvements we recommend and recover the initial outlay, but you can sort that out later, the important thing is to hit the required dates.

More Facts About The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme

  • The scheme is estimated to lead to £1.6bn net benefits to the UK.
  • Energy audit data collated since December 2011 for other schemes such as the Carbon Trust Standard, DECs and Green Deal Assessments, could be eligible to be used as part of your ESOS energy audit.
  • ESOS energy audits must be carried out by, or overseen/approved by a recognised Lead Assessor (Alpine have Lead Assessors or you can use your own In House).
  • ESOS will consider an Organisation’s entire energy usage including energy use per employee, buildings, transport, industrial and commercial processes.
  • For large property portfolio operators and owners, 90% of buildings may need to be surveyed, and possibly 100%. – Alpine – ESOS surveyors can do this work.
  • It will be necessary to undertake a new assessment every four years, but the first one needs to be complete by December 2015
  • The Environment Agency will be the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme Administrator for the United Kingdom.
  • The Environment Agency will issue its final Technical Document (TM) on how to deal with precise detail during the latter part of 2014; Alpine will advise further.
  • Fines have now been finalised, and they are severe.
  • Public sector organisations will be exempt because they will have to comply with separate government procurement rules that require them to ensure that at least 3% of their floor areas are renovated each year to meet minimum energy performance requirements.

Why Alpine? – The largest producer of TM44 reports in the UK, EPC and DEC survey specialists

With a wealth of experience of energy efficiency, Alpine has a leading track record of delivering advice on how to undertake compliance reporting at low cost, utilising existing teams of surveyors who already provide EPBD advice, audits and assessments. We are acknowledged experts in compliance reporting and our accredited professionals can deliver ESOS energy audits or DECS to assist you with meeting compliance.

Alpine can help with carrying out a Gap Analysis’ to identify what information is already available and what (if any) further information you may need to comply. We can also help you look at the options and pinpoint the best route to compliance.

Importantly, one of the largest costs of ESOS will be surveying buildings, this is where Alpine lead in the UK. We have Lead Assessors, but recognise that Clients may wish to keep this role “in-house”, which is fine by us. We can therefore provide a seamless solution or become part of your team, providing low cost ESOS compliant building surveys. Alpine have developed bespoke sampling software for buildings; this software follows DEC methodology and is approved for ESOS.

It is most likely that you are already measuring and reporting on your energy consumption under existing Government policies, we can support you by advising on which existing schemes are deemed to be compliant with ESOS. What new and/or additional measures you need to consider and, most importantly, how you can benefit from ESOS and take advantage of the energy efficiency measures identified.

Contact Alpine ESOS manager

 

alpine facilities servicesThe Green Deal is a new Government initiative aimed at improving the energy efficiency of homes and commercial buildings throughout the UK, with an aim of avoiding people paying immediately for carbon saving measures. With the new innovative Green Deal financial mechanism, the need to pay up-front costs for energy efficiency measures is eliminated and provides assurances that the cost of the works will be covered by savings on the energy bill of the householder or commercial building owner. The target date for commencement of the scheme is October 2012, although in reality this will only apply to Green Deal householders, Commercial Green Deal will be early in 2013.

The process will involve a Green Deal Advisor visiting the building, whether it be a house or commercial asset to set up a Green Deal Plan. The applicant will be given a report (importantly this should be Independent – we strongly advise you to not use an Advisor tied to a supplier) and can then shop around for the best finance package from an authorised Green Deal Provider who secures funding and arranges the installation of measures by accredited installers. The capital cost is repaid by a ‘charge’ attached to the electricity bill and collected by your energy company over a maximum of 25 years. This is classed as a loan and is attached to the property and not to the home owner. We do have alternative funding mechanisms to Green Deal, through some innovative solutions for commercial clients, please call Mark Allen directly if you wish to discuss these funding alternatives.

Green deal is a Government incentive and to ensure confidence in the Green Deal itself, customers will be protected by robust consumer protection which has been set up by the Government. Green Deal Providers will be responsible for looking after their customers throughout the duration of a Green Deal Plan. In addition, Green Deal Advisors and Green Deal installers will need to be certificated and Green Deal Accredited, strict standards apply including the requirement to sign up to the Green Deal Code of Practice. At Alpine, we manage our own Green Deal Advisers, you can be assured that we manage all our Advisors to the same high standards as our Air Conditioning Assessors.

Measures available under the Green Deal scheme include loft and wall insulation, condensing boilers, warm air heating, under floor heating, storage heaters, draught proofing, light fittings and controls, in addition to a range of micro-generation measures such as Solar PV and Solar thermal. The measures are being extended on a regular basis.

Alpine’s Green Deal team intends to be at the forefront of providing a truly Independent National survey service for Householders, Commercial organisations, Power companies, RSLs and companies wishing to provide “measures”. No other Company currently acts with an existing volume of reporting in the manner Alpine does; independence is the key. Training and assembly of the National Alpine Green Deal team is now underway, and contracts are already in place.

Why us, Alpine Facilities for your Organisation or Green Deal Advice Report;

  • We are independent, and truly conform with the Green Deal Code of Practice
  • An established £multi-million Company with a proven track record in the Independent TM44 Air Conditioning Assessor, EPC and DEC market
  • A National presence, with a Head Office audit team which ensures consistency of reporting and delivery of reports to strict standards and deadlines
  • Robust, honest, reporting – vital to ensure that loans can be paid off from savings
  • £5 million in Professional Indemnity insurance, after years in business we have not had one single claim.

The Green Deal market will be full of “new start” businesses, with all the problems that carries with it. Green Deal Providers and Installers who want to have the confidence of a highly skilled, fully available National established business, to undertake their Green Deal Advisory Reports should contact Mark Allen on 0845 520 2014 or at enquiries@alpinefs.co.uk

 

Building Compliance Certifiaction Services

Display Energy Certificates (DEC)

All public buildings with a total useful floor area greater than 500m2 must display a Display Energy Certificate (DEC).

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TM44 EPBD Air Conditioning Inspection Reports

All air-conditioning systems with an effective rated output of more than 12kW must be inspected every five years. Building owners and managers who operate air-conditioning systems that fall within this scope have a legal obligation, under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD), to ensure that their buildings are inspected by qualified and certified air-conditioning inspectors (ACIs).

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Energy Performance Certifcates (EPC)

An EPC provides a building with an energy performance rating on a scale of A to G, where A is the most energy efficient, and the EPBD stipulates that one be obtained whenever a non-domestic building is constructed, rented or sold.

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Energy Savings Oportunity Scheme (ESOS)

An EPC provides a building with an energy performance rating on a scale of A to G, where A is the most energy efficient, and the EPBD stipulates that one be obtained whenever a non-domestic building is constructed, rented or sold.

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Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC)

The Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) is a mandatory emission trading scheme that aims to improve energy efficiency and reduce the amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) produced in the UK. This is vital to achieve the UK government’s overall target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% by 2050, compared to the 1990 baseline.

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F-Gas Testing

We are the Country’s leading supplier of F Gas tests and reports with a National team of highly trained Specialists.

The new F-Gas regulations became law on 4th July 2006 with the majority of measures taking effect from 4th July 2007.

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Energy Management Consultancy

Alpine Facilities offers consultancy for energy management, carbon reduction and the feasibility of renewable energy technologies, as well as general consultancy on any building services related matters. We also offer a range of key consultancy services aimed at making the CRC work for your organisation.

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Asbestos Services

Alpine facilitates compliance with the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 (CAR 2006) through:

  • Asbestos surveys
  • Generation and implementation of asbestos management plans
  • Asbestos awareness training

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Fire Risk Assessments

Under the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO), fire risk assessments are required for all non-domestic buildings.

Alpine can help organisations and building owners to understand their obligations under the RRO and has a team of qualified assessors to carry out the necessary Fire Risk Assessments.

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NEW ENERGY INEFFICIENCY REGULATIONS FOR NON-DOMESTIC BUILDINGS PRESENTED TO PARLIAMENT – BUILDING OWNERS NEED TO ACT NOW.

Feb 12, 2015 By JE | Category: EPBD

The new regulations (including EPC ratings) that make it illegal for landlords to rent out the most energy inefficient buildings from April 2018 have now been presented to Parliament and Landlords better make sure that they have buildings with a minimum performance grade of an EPC E say Alpine.

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Northern Ireland Compliance EPBD Regulations on TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection Reports.

Jan 28, 2015 By JE | Category: TM44 Enforcement

Alpine are in dialogue with a number of Councils in Northern Ireland in response to the setting up of a “task force” in Northern Ireland, who’s remit appears to be to ensure that the Region has its building stock completely compliant with the EPBD Regulations on Air Conditioning Inspection Reports. Northern Ireland are the first Region in the UK to tackle non-compliance in large scale; this is being processed by the Building Control departments of each Local Council, who are sending letters out to non-compliant building operators. The number of letters being sent out has increased dramatically in recent weeks.

Read more / contact Alpine

F-Gas regulations HCFC phase out – Important announcement by Chemical Compliance Team, National Trading & Regulatory Services, Environment Agency.

Dec 14, 2014 By JD | Category: F-GAS R22 HFCs

Alpine continually monitor upcoming Legislation changes and how these will affect our clients. We have been advising on the rollout of R22 replacement programmes for some years now; the deadline is now here. The Environment Agency has just sent out its final reminder, which is attached, and we would encourage all equipment Operators to read the advice. Our TM44 surveys have been carrying advice and warning notices since 2009 and continue to do so. Having a TM44 Report undertaken (which is mandatory), will highlight any R22 present, and in getting this in place not only would make a client TM44 compliant, but also provide added value notes on R22.

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Environment Agency call Alpine to discuss ESOS.

Dec 11, 2014 By JD | Category: ESOS Alpine Reports

We at Alpine were delighted to receive a phone call on 9th December from the Environment Agency, who had carefully read the content of the ESOS section on our website. The positive discussion included E.A. stating that they were trawling the internet and calling up various Organisations to talk about web-site content, and asking for minor corrections.

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TM44 Survey Renewals due in 2015.

Dec 09, 2014 By JD | Category: Air Conditioning Inspections

2015 is the year when the first wave of TM44 Surveys will need to be undertaken once again as part of any Companies TM44 renewal programme. The Legislation came in during 2009 for buildings with over 250kW of output but the main date which will affect these Air Conditioning Assessment Renewals will be January 2015. Clients should be mindful that the size of the systems within one building (cumulative) dropped to 12kW on 1st January 2010, so the 5 years that ACI Certificates are valid for are now due up.

Read more / contact Alpine

Government Pushes ESOS – Ed Davey addresses ESOS at London Roadshows.

Dec 08, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has this week guaranteed businesses’ energy audits will go to “the people who need to hear it”.

Speaking to businesses at one of the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) roadshows in London, he said the audits will be seen by board members.

He said: “One of the whole purposes of ESOS is to try to give the information to the people who need to hear it.

Read more / contact Alpine

Mandatory TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections Renewals due in 2015 – act now.

Nov 17, 2014 By JD | Category: Air Conditioning Inspections

TM44 Air Conditioning Inspections which were commenced in 2009 (250kw and above) have all become due once again in 2014 as part of the 5 year renewal process, and now as we approach 2015 those clients who were compliant before the 12kw deadline of 30th December 2009 should be planning their renewal programme. ACI Reports undertook many AC reports (TM44s) in those early days when Air Conditioning Inspections (ACIRs)first started and our client base has continually grown ever since. Many smaller “one man band” Assessors have fallen by the wayside, as predicted, and no longer offer an AC inspection service. ACI Reports have also long pointed out to clients that the old CIBSE “Word” type documents have been done away with, and there is only one way to comply and that is using the Landmark Register and their own Landmark DCLG software.

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Trading Standards issue TM44 Air Conditioning Assessment non-compliance notices in Coleraine, Northern Ireland.

Nov 14, 2014 By JD | Category: Air Conditioning Inspections

Coleraine in Northern Ireland is the next big push on TM44 Enforcement as ACI Reports can confirm that two of our large portfolio High Street clients have received notices in the district this last month. TM44 non-compliance notices are not something new in NI, there were a spate of them two years ago, mainly in Belfast. Alpine undertook a batch of emergency TM44 inspections at that time and are now doing the same in the Coleraine area.

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ESOS (Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme) lack of Lead Assessors – don’t worry says Alpine, we have it sorted

Oct 27, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

A number of companies will already have their energy use audited under schemes such as ISO50001, which is likely to bring this ratio down.

However some industry figures are sceptical all firms will get ESOS compliant in time for the deadline, 31 December 2015.

On Friday, Chief Commercial Officer at energy consultancy Inenco, Dave Cockshott warned of “a significant risk that demand for assessors with expert sector knowledge could outstrip the numbers currently available”. Alpine think this is incorrect, the lead Assessor role is being overstated, it’s the building survey issue that will cause delays due to inaction.

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How do I find a suitable ESOS Lead Assessor? – update at September 2014

Sep 22, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

As at September 2014 none are properly qualified, despite what is being touted around the internet, the training courses are not fully set yet and the TM (Technical Manual) has not been released by the Environment Agency, so the courses cannot know the detail of what is required. Talk to Mark Allen at Alpine and he will give you facts and proposed dates for launch.

Who’s going to carry out my ESOS audit?

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Large organisations – prepare yourself for a stack of energy policies which only seems to lengthen – the new ESOS scheme is about to bite!

Sep 10, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

ADECS, CRC, EU ETS, CCAs, TM44s, Energy Act 2018 and now ESOS – that’s a lot of Legislation to get your head round!

Each of these schemes calls for an understanding of energy consumption in some form or other. But with ISO 50001 being recognised internationally as the best practice method for managing energy, having a certified EnMS will put you in a great position to comply with these and any other future schemes. Its expensive though, and on-going. Alpine cuts through all that complex stuff to make things simple, reports Jack Davies.

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced the results of its consultation for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Jul 10, 2014 By JE | Category: EPBD

Alpine can report that on 27th June, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced the results of its consultation for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which includes using registered lead energy assessors, which Alpine can provide. ESOS is the UK’s way to implement Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, and introduces mandatory energy audits for non-SMEs. ESOS is expected to result in cost benefits of £1.6bn to the 9,400 participating businesses.

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ISO 14001 Revision Gathers Momentum

Jun 25, 2014 By JE | Category: Air Conditioning Inspections

Alpine are able to reveal that the revision of ISO 14001, the international environmental management system standard, is set to progress to the next stage with the latest “overwhelmingly positive” ballot on the latest draft. This brings in more Environmental influence and will mean that more ISO14001 Auditors will pull up Companies that do not have a TM44 Air Conditioning Inspection on all their air conditioning equipment, leading to Air Conditioning Assessments being in place.

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ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme) Update;

Jun 20, 2014 By JE | Category: EPBD

We at Alpine have previously made our clients aware of potentially significant legislation changes with regard to energy monitoring and use, the ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme 2015). This piece of legislation is gathering pace fast, and this short news update follows latest ESOS developments;

We also provide below a commentary on potential issues and concerns on implementation, in addition to our TM44 and EPC work, all of which is starting to become connected. Green Deal Assessments on commercial buildings will also affect the enterprises caught by ESOS. We can undertake Green Deal Assessments for commercial buildings if required.

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ESOS gears up for Assessor Accreditation, ACI Reports advises Clients

Apr 15, 2014 By JE | Category: EPBD

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (‘ESOS’) is a new regulation being introduced to comply with Article 8 of the European Energy Efficiency Directive and will come into force in 2014. In line with Article 8 of the Directive, the scheme will require all large enterprises in the UK to undertake energy efficiency audits by December 2015, and thereafter at least once every four years. Details of the Government’s proposals were published in a Consultation Document in July 2013 as monitored by Alpine, who will be training staff Assessors as soon as training criteria is established.

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ACI Reports Ltd sees increasing interest in the ESOS The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, EPBD Regulations coming into force in 2014 and 2015

Apr 09, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

Before 5 December 2015 every large enterprise in the UK will, by law, have to undertake an energy audit, an ESOS audit. This ESOS audit will then have to be repeated every four years.The law itself is the UK bringing into force Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, itself part of the EPBD.

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Further sudden increase in compliance activity surrounding TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments.

Mar 18, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

As a follow up to Alpine the activities between Sterling Accreditation and DCLG yesterday, whereby DCLG have asked for disclosure of Trading Standards offices who are not enforcing the EPBD legislation, further correspondence has now come to light. We attach a letter from Sterling to Trading Standards offices, which is a Freedom of Information request (FOI).

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Step change in TM44 Compliance – DCLG to put pressure on Trading Standards towards ramping up compliance action.

Mar 17, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

Alpine have on 12th March had sight of a letter between an Accreditation Body who represent the Government (DCLG) and DCLG themselves, regarding ACIRs (Air Conditioning Inspection Reports).

A copy of the letter is attached to this bulletin and we note that it states “If there is evidence that any local weights and measures authority is electing not to enforce the Energy Performance of Building (England and Wales) Regulations 2012, including those regarding air conditioning reports, then they may be in breach of their statutory duty, and at risk of judicial review”. ns.

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New 2014 Part L Building Regulations focus on Sustainability and Air Conditioning Legislation toughens

Feb 24, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

ACI Reports compliance division has long informed its Clients that the TM44 is only part of what will occur in the strengthening of Regulations on air conditioning, amongst other things. This bulletin deals with recent 2014 Part L Building Regulation changes which will affect Design Stage EPCs shortly, and as specialists in Air Conditioning Legislation in addition to EPC solutions, we are always ready to supply up to date information. The Governments target is Zero Carbon Buildings.

Changes to Part L of the Building Regulations April 2014 have now taken place, and this is part of the significant move to Zero Carbon Buildings. . There is now a target of 9% improvement on Part L 2010 for commercial buildings. The Government also announced that it would shortly be consulting on the next steps to Zero Carbon Homes and also on delivering Allowable Solutions.

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The British Retail Consortium proposals for the UK business rates system to be linked to energy usage.

Feb 24, 2014 By JD | Category: EPBD

The British Retail Consortium has last week produced proposals for the complete reform of the UK business rates system. These options could ensure that customers continue to benefit from competition, provide positive incentives for retailers to invest in property, support the regeneration of the high street and create more jobs. Alpine see this as more support for the Government to ensure compliance through EPCs and TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments.

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The British Retail Consortium (BRC) launch targets; their report includes a pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2020.

Feb 10, 2014 By JE | Category: EPBD

Other new targets include a commitment to cut emissions from refrigeration gases by 8 per cent by 2020.

The report details the new set of targets and commitments on environmental sustainability to 2020. Signatories are committed to the targets which represent half of UK Retail businesses, by turnover.

The BRC said UK retailers had made “significant progress” in reducing their impact on the environment. She said: “Retailers will continue to keep this momentum going: they recognise that it makes business sense and delivers real environmental benefits as well as value for their customers.”

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New EU Regulations on refrigerants

Feb 07, 2014 By CR | Category: F-Gas

New EU Regulations mean that millions of air conditioning and refrigeration systems in the UK and across Europe are to be caught out, and need to take measured action on equipment change over time.

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Hampshire County Council Trading Standards set out their stance on TM44 Air Conditioning Compliance

Jan 02, 2014 By JE | Category: TM44 Enforcement

In a statement issued by Hampshire County Council on their website in 2013, they show that they mean business when looking at those Companies which do not have their mandatory Air conditioning Inspection Reports in place. Alpine have been supporting businesses in Hampshire to avoid what could be serious fines, and believe that planned approaches to TM44 compliance are the answer, not reacting to a £300 fine, which could be weekly for each building found without a certificate.

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Northern Ireland has been taking TM44 Compliance very seriously in 2012 and 2013

Jan 02, 2014 By JE | Category: TM44 Enforcement

ACI Reports is one of the largest TM44 consultancies operating throughout both Northern and Southern Ireland, and has direct experience of the way Air Conditioning Assessments have been policed and monitored throughout the region in recent years. The retail sector has been a particular target, and much is explained in the Department of Finance and Personnel Department website (http://www.dfpni.gov.uk).

DFPNI are clearly seeking to encourage mandatory TM44 A/C inspections to be in place, as they state;

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