Non Domestic Energy2019-03-13T10:37:24+00:00

Non Domestic Energy

DM Hall Energy is our dedicated energy department providing the full range of non-domestic energy services across Scotland.

Energy is high on the agenda of many businesses, be they property owners or tenants. In addition the Scottish Government is continuing its efforts to reduce Scotland’s carbon emissions with a target to cut total carbon emissions by 66% by 2032. Undoubtedly, commercial property will be expected to share in the task of achieving this goal.

At DM Hall we are ideally placed to provide expert advice on the energy efficiency of commercial properties, why energy efficiency matters and how it can be improved. With 26 offices throughout Scotland, we have a team of trained and qualified surveyors to carry out these inspections

DM Hall provides a consultancy service to SMEs, exploring the opportunities available to clients by which they can improve their energy efficiency of their properties and reap the benefits of reduced energy bills and assist in making necessary improvements.

We take the information contained in energy assessments, such as EPCs and advise on what can be done to achieve cost savings through improved energy efficiency. We also manage the change process as well with our panel of approved installers who carry out agreed work.

With energy costs likely to rise and cost of improvements falling, now is the time to come and speak to DM Hall Energy. We can drive occupier energy costs down, while at the same time are aware of the needs to landlords to attract tenants and know that energy costs can be a serious factor in making a property attractive on the market

A Non Domestic EPC is required when a property is intended to be made available for sale or let, whether or not formal marketing takes place. An EPC will also be required where the construction of a building has been completed. During marketing of the property, an EPC must be made available to all prospective tenants or purchasers, and on completion of a sale the EPC must be passed to the new proprietor. Certain properties are exempt from requiring an EPC. Failure to adhere to the legislation can lead to fines between £500 and £5000 based on the rateable value of the building.

Why an EPC from DM Hall Energy?

Energy ratings have undoubtedly moved on to the radar of lenders and are becoming a significant factor in the lending decision process. We have long established relationships with the majority of commercial lenders and have assisted in shaping the policies of banks in relation to minimum energy ratings and the perceived risks attached to poorer energy ratings, particularly within a Scottish context. With our dual role as expert commercial valuers and energy assessors, we are well placed to guide clients through this ever-changing legislative landscape.

At DM Hall Energy, we have a fully qualified and experienced team of Non-Domestic Energy Assessors (NDEAs) covering the whole of Scotland. We use advanced 3D building modelling software to accurately represent an assessed property, in order to generate EPCs which you, prospective purchasers and/or occupiers and, indeed, commercial lenders can rely upon.

The assessors within our in-house team – we don’t sub-contract – are members of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). You can therefore be assured of a robust, consistent and professional approach to the preparation of commercial Energy Performance Certificates.

On 1st September 2016, the Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-Domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations came into force.

Originating from Section 63 of the Climate Change (S) Act 2009, these regulations serve to impose further statutory obligations on proprietors, who have non-domestic properties which they intend to let to a new tenant or to sell. The new regulations may result in owners taking action to physically improve property in order to increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions from their properties.

The need for a Section 63 assessment applies only to certain properties. It does not replace the need for an EPC – EPCs are still required to be prepared or in some cases updated. However, Action Plans will be required to be prepared for some buildings and implemented.

As qualified Section 63 advisors, we can provide expert advice and guidance through this process.

DECs are a relatively new addition to the Scottish energy efficiency scene. DECs are operational assessments for property, based on actual annual energy use. These assessments can be used to defer implementing improvements identified in Energy Action Plans related to Section 63 assessments or prepared on a voluntary basis to help businesses and property owners understand their energy use. A DEC can be accompanied by an Advisory Report, which can assist occupiers to improve their energy use and reduce costs.

Every new built domestic dwelling in the UK requires an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before being sold or let. We have our own On Construction Domestic Energy Assessor who has the skills and knowledge to complete energy calculations using Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) software to produce a new build EPC.

The On Construction market is currently seeing sustained growth reinforced by the government’s promise to build a large amount of new energy efficient homes. We have the appropriate tools and preparation to produce accurate energy efficient assessments for these new build properties; fully supported by a professional accreditation body.