Energy Performance Certificate and the Asset Rating
For every building requiring an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) the crucial outcome is the asset rating which reflects the potential energy efficiency of a building. The asset rating is the 'design' rating of a building reflected by the CO2 emissions of a building's design features on an A to G scale.
The asset rating is defined by the national calculation methodology (NCM). Using an approved calculation tool, your assessor creates a model of the annual CO2 emissions from the building.
The model takes into account the following factors:
- The thermal characteristics of the building (thermal elements and controlled fittings as an envelope) including the air permeability.
- The efficiency of the heating installation and hot water supply, including their insulation method.
- The efficiency of the air-conditioning installation where installed.
- The ventilation strategy, accounting for natural and mechanical means.
- The artificial built-in lighting installation efficiency.
- The position and orientation of buildings, including the weather location.
- The use of passive solar systems and solar protection to reduce the need for cooling.
- The indoor climatic conditions, including the designed indoor climate.
- The activity of the building
‘Improving the energy efficiency of our buildings: A guide to energy performance certificates for the construction, sale and let of non-dwellings' available from www.communities.gov.uk