KEM offer the following services:
Domestic & Commercial Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s)
We provide an Energy Performance Certification service to the Commercial, Domestic, On construction and Social Housing markets.
Buildings are responsible for around 40% of all energy consumption. As a result, Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been introduced to better determine the energy rating and CO2 emissions from individual properties, both domestic and commercial.
Inventory service, tenant check in, tenant check out, interim report
All rental properties should have a professional, and independent Inventory Report carried out to comply with the Tenancy Deposit Schemes
and ensure the Tenants and Landlords are protected.
Kem offer a comprehensive inventory service, whether you require a full inventory of your property and contents (Inventory Report or Inventory make), or a Check-in report or Check-out report at the beginning or end of a tenancy. Interim reports are also available.
Displayed Energy Certificates (DEC’s)
As of 1st October 2008 all public buildings with a floor area greater than 1,000m2 and occupied by a public authority or a body providing a public service must display a valid DEC or face a fine of up to £5,000. These certificates will need to be updated annually, with an updated accompanying report issued every seven years. Kern Environmental can help your business comply with these new regulations by providing the relevant documentation.
Carbon reduction commitment (CRC)
Starting in April 2010, the Carbon Reduction Commitment (recently renamed the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme) is the UK’s first mandatory carbon trading scheme. The initial phase of the Carbon Reduction Commitment will be compulsory for organisations that consume over 6,000 MWh (6,000,000 kWh) of half-hourly metered electricity during the period from January 2008 to December 2008. At today’s prices, this is roughly equivalent to total half hourly electricity bills of approximately £500,000 per year.
The aim of the Carbon Reduction Commitment is to reduce the level of carbon emissions currently produced by the larger ‘low energy-intensive’ organisations by approximately 1.2 million tonnes of CO2 per year by 2020. As a Climate Change Bill commiment, the scheme is aiming for a 60% redution in CO2 emissions by 2050.
The Carbon Reduction Commitment will cover both public and private sector organisations. At present, the carbon reduction scheme is expected to affect approximately 5,000 organisations in the UK. In doing so, it is anticipated that the scheme will affect 25% of total business sector emissions within the UK.
While the scheme doesn’t officially start until April 2010, many organisations will need to make preparations before that date to ensure that they comply with all legal requirements and fully participate in the scheme.
Air conditioning inspections
Air conditioning systems can account for 50% of the energy used in a building, and are therefore specifically targeted in the new legislation. The aims of the inspection are to provide building owners/operators with information about system performance, and identify opportunities to reduce your CO2 emissions and save energy and money.
The output of the inspection will be a report highlighting measures which, if adopted, will have the potential to save energy and money within a reasonable payback period. Inspection reports will remain valid for five years, after which the system will require another inspection.
Reduction in Uncontrolled Heat Loss
Poor building efficiency can result in infrastructure fabric degradation through condensation, occupier discomfort, poor air quality and an increased energy demand resulting in higher than necessary energy costs and potentially damaging moisture affecting the building infrastructure. Using proven scientific techniques we can measure the air leakage from the building by identifying the temperature differences between the inside and outside of the structure thus immediately and accurately highlighting the areas of concern.
Focusing on building performance, KEM can survey and collect data to enable benchmarking of sustainability performance. This can be across a range of building assets, between areas of individual buildings and against industry benchmarks. Our IEMA qualified staff can contribute to your management strategy, identify and if required implement specific improvements in building controls, management, fabric and M&E services.
Code for sustainable homes (CSH)
Aims to protect the environment by providing guidance on the construction of high performance homes built with sustainability in mind.
Scope and Scoring
1. Energy efficiency/CO2
2. Water efficiency
3. Surface water management
4. Site waste management
5. Household waste management
6. Use of materials
7. Lifetime homes (applies to Code Level 6 only)
The Code has a scoring system of six levels. The different levels are made up by achieving both the appropriate mandatory minimum standards together with a proportion of the ‘flexible’ standards.
Assessments are carried out in two phases:
a) An initial assessment and interim certification is carried out at the design stage. This is based on design drawings, specifications and commitments which results in interim certificate of compliance.
b) Final assessment and certification is carried out after construction. Based on the design stage review, this includes a confirmation of compliance including site records and visual inspection.
Home energy advisor (HEA)
Housing energy advisors (HEAs) assess individual households and offer practical advice for improving energy performance and reducing CO2 emissions and utility costs, whether through fabric improvements or changes in occupant behaviour. HEAs also encourage and motivate occupants, facilitating implementation of these recommendations.
Based in Basingstoke, Hampshire, we are within easy reach of Berkshire, London, Surrey, Kent, Hertfordshire, Essex, Sussex and other surrounding areas. We offer a full UK coverage.