PRLog - Aug. 13, 2008 - CASTLEFORD, U.K. -- Achieving sustainability with Stroma Technology with the help of EPCs and DEC Assessments
Achieving sustainability and Building Regulations compliance may appear daunting particularly with the imminent deadlines for Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) and Display Energy Certificates (DECs).
In addition to existing legislation regarding EPCs and HIPs (Home Information Packs) for sale, rent or construction of all dwellings, further deadlines are looming for non-dwellings.
From 1 October 2008 all existing non-dwellings must display an EPC when sold or let and all public buildings measuring more than 1,000m² (floor area) must clearly show a DEC, indicating the actual energy use of the building, complete with an Advisory Report to list the measures to improve the energy performance of the building.
By enlisting the assistance of experts, however, achieving compliance needn’t be a chore.
With more than six years’ experience in Part L Building Regulations, Stroma Technology’s team of Energy and Sustainability Assessors - trained and accredited by Stroma Accreditation – have gained an enviable reputation for providing hands on compliance solutions to buildings of all sizes and complexities.
Using SAP to calculate energy performance of dwellings and CLG-approved SBEM or DSM software for non-dwellings, Stroma Technology boasts a wealth of compliance experience in conducting Part L compliance calculations and can now offer all forms of EPC and DEC. Indeed earlier this year Stroma succeeded in ‘lodging’ the UK’s first non-residential EPC, followed shortly after by the first DEC.
By working with client-supplied specifications and drawings, or by gathering the required information for existing buildings on site, the numerous energy parameters relating to the building fabric and the building services within it are established and fed into the ‘model’. When working on buildings under construction, as part of the process the assessors will guide and advise the client on measures to achieve Part L compliance and favourable EPC ratings.
Similarly, when assessing existing buildings, whether for EPCs or DECs, Stroma will offer advice on how to improve ratings, over and above that required within the accompanying Recommendation or Advisory Reports.
The installation of renewable energy products will often form part of the recommendations, depending on the building in question. Stroma LZC offers a range of the highest quality products, made by established and reputable European manufacturers.
The range includes solar thermal systems, air source heat pumps, ground source heat pumps and high-efficiency under-floor heating and cooling systems.
The full range of premium TiSUN® solar collectors, including modular and single piece options for roof and wall mounting, is becoming increasingly specified along with various tank systems, which include TiSUN® Pro-Clean® stratified tanks, solar hot water tanks, and back-up tanks.
Stroma LZC also supplies Heatking’s range of air source heat pumps. The units deliver a Coefficient of Performance of up to 5 and can operate in temperatures as low as -20ºC. Easy to install and maintain they can be matched with an under floor or a traditional radiator wet system.
Working with SCHÜTZ, Stroma provides high performance under floor heating offering profiled panels, takk and dry panels, plus the invisible air conomy® system, which works in the same way as traditional under floor heating, but can also cool a property.
Stroma’s complete range of services offer a one-stop-shop for achieving sustainable buildings. In addition to Stroma Technology and Stroma LZC, the company offers accredited training, contracting and design services.
For further information visit www.stroma.com
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Notes To Editors
1. Launched in 2002 in the UK, Stroma consists of Stroma Accreditation, Stroma Technology, Stroma Design, Stroma LZC and Stroma Contracting.
2. Stroma is a rapidly evolving company and the preferred partner of many of the UK’s leading Housebuilders and Contractors.
3. Stroma Accreditation provides training, assessment and licensing of Code for Sustainable Homes, as well as other energy assessment disciplines including all forms of EPC and DECs.
4. Stroma Accreditation delivers training courses and accreditation schemes to suit professional backgrounds. The company’s particular strength lies in its use of innovative web-based solutions to deliver real productivity and ease-of-use benefits to its Scheme Members.
5. From 1 October 2008, EPCs will be required on the construction, sale or rent of all remaining buildings and DECs will be required for all public buildings measuring more than 1,000 square metres in floor area.
6. Stroma website: www.stroma.com
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Stroma Technology offer EPC and DEC Assessments, Air tightness and Acoustic surveys and Code for Sustainable Homes, SAP, SBEM, DEC and DEA training.