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Sitemaster EPC

January 25th, 2011 Comments off

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) were introduced to help improve the energy efficiency of buildings.

Accredited energy assessors produce EPCs alongside an associated report which suggests improvements to make a building more energy efficient.

Now EPC Surveyors have a fantastic new tool at their disposal to help speed up the whole process.

SiteMaster EPC (BRAND NEW!)

Sitemaster EPC

Sitemaster EPC

Sitemaster EPC is a leap forward in the commercial EPC process, developed by the German software manufacturer Graeberts who are responsible for the unique and award winning Sitemaster Building mobile CAD surveying solution.

Sitemaster EPC software is a leap forward in the commercial EPC process, developed by the German software manufacturer Graeberts who are responsible for the unique and award winning Sitemaster Building mobile CAD surveying solution.

Sitemaster EPC must be considered by all non- domestic energy assessors who wish to stay competitive in their field.

Sitemaster EPC uses sitemaster as its framework in producing the floor plans required for an EPC, but then prompts the assessor to enter further details required for an EPC. Sitemaster EPC is fully integrated with IsBEM and automatically enters the data from the site plan to produce an EPC on site! (where a network connection is available)

Assessors use a tablet PC and a blue tooth enabled laser measure (supplied on purchase) to plot the building directly into the software. Minimal equipment helps ease of surveying with no need for paper and pencil, data is stored easily, can be adapted easily and forwarded on to be audited easily.

Sitemaster EPC not only reduces an assessor’s workload it also presents additional revenue streams from the same process, requiring little or no extra work. The highly accurate CAD plans produced whilst creating the EPC can be sold on to be used as:

•   Floor plans for sales purposes
•   Fire safety plans
•   Lease plans
•   Architectural plans (although higher degrees of accuracy will have to be obtained)

To see more of what Sitemaster EPC does and the benefits gained, click here

Mobile CAD Surveying was instrumental in the development of Sitemaster EPC, we can offer further details on the system, your further equipment specifications and the financial options available to obtain Sitemaster EPC. We also provide training to the use the system which is a must to gain optimal performance.

We know first hand the labour intensive process of producing a NDEPC and felt an easier approach was needed to make us more profitable, so we helped develop Sitemaster EPC.

If you have any questions or would like to talk further please email us

•   For more information on Workshop/Training dates and locations please contact us
•   To order SiteMaster EPC or arrange training please contact us

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UK wave energy project moves forward

November 30th, 2009 2 comments

beachA joint venture of VolkerStevin Marine and Westminster Dredging has been named as preferred contractor for the design and construction of the Siadar Wave Energy Project on the Isle of Lewis.

The Siadar Wave Energy Project will use Voith Hydro Wavegen’s Oscillating Water Column technology and will produce about 8,000 MWh per year, based on an assumed capacity of 4 MW.

This is enough electricity to supply the average annual electricity needs of around 1,500 UK homes, equal to a fifth of all homes on Lewis and Harris, each year. This is based on the UK average domestic electricity consumption of about 4,700 kWh over the life of the project. This figure may change as average domestic consumption changes.

The team is currently undertaking a feasibility study looking at the construction design and viability, with the aim of fabrication works starting in 2010.

The near shore structure to house the wave-powered turbines will involve the construction of a concrete breakwater structure.

This will be built in sections, about 50-meter long, in a dry dock, before being floated out to the site and immersed on the prepared seabed.

Siadar will be the first commercial-scale scheme in the UK generating clean electricity created through wave energy.

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Construction to start on the UK’s marine energy project

November 14th, 2009 1 comment

bouyConstruction will start next week on the £42 million Wave Hub marine energy project in South West England.

The Wave Hub, which will be located 10 miles off the north Cornwall coast, will serve as a test bed for wave energy devices by providing an electrical connection from the seabed at a depth of around 50 m to the national grid.

Initially, the Wave Hub will have four berths for wave energy devices up to a maximum capacity of 20 MW, but has the potential to scale up to 50 MW in the future.

Ocean Power Technologies has signed up to take the first berth when it becomes available to test the performance of its PowerBuoy wave energy converter.

The first devices are expected to be deployed in 2011, once the cabling and connectors have been constructed. Starting on Monday, civil engineers will drill ducts from Cornwall coast at Hayle to connect to the subsea cable and a new electricity substation on the site of a former nearby power station.

The South West Regional Development Agency (RDA), which has provided £12.5 million in funding, is developing the project with additional financial support from the UK government and the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme. The Wave Hub project will be led by Guy Lavender.

“This milestone is the culmination of more than six years’ work by the RDA and its partners,” says Stephen Peacock of the South West RDA. “Our aim is to create an entirely new low carbon industry in the South West.”

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Commercial Energy Certificates

May 28th, 2009 3 comments

From the 1st October 2008 all commercial buildings over 50m² now require a Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (NDEPC). The purpose of the NDEPC is to assess a buildings’ CO2 emissions in line with the requirements of Building Regulations (Part L).

Buildings account for almost half of the energy consumption and carbon emissions in the UK. The heating and hot water used in your building can amount to half of all your energy costs.

Sitemaster Building software is now being used extensively to produce fast and accurate floor plans to assist Commercial Energy Assessment companies in the production of the new certificates.

The following types of building do not require an Energy Performance Certificate:

  • Places of worship
  • Stand-alone non-dwellings less than 50 m2
  • Temporary buildings with a planned life less than two years
  • Industrial premises with low energy use where the space is mostly not heated or cooled (such as process and heavy engineering workshops and stores with localised work-station conditioning)
  • Buildings to be demolished within two years

At what point is the EPC required?

On construction: The constructor gives the Energy Performance Certificate and Recommendations Report to the purchaser on physical completion of the building and notifies Building Control, who will not issue the Certificate of Completion until the EPC is provided.

On sale/rent:

As soon as the building is offered for sale/rent the seller/landlord must make an EPC available to prospective buyers/tenants. The Energy Performance Certificate may be for the whole building or individual units, and completion of a contract should not happen without it. An EPC is required if the transaction has not completed before the implementation date above. Some multi-tenancy sale/rent scenarios are complex and you should seek advice from an accredited expert to determine whether an Energy Performance Certificate is required for the individual unit or the building as a whole.

On modification:

The person undertaking the work is responsible for providing the Energy Performance Certificate and Recommendations Report to the client. They must then notify Building Control, who will not issue the Certificate of Completion until the EPC is provided.

The maximum penalty for non-compliance is currently £5k, enforceable by Trading Standards. The penalty notice also includes the requirement to produce a valid EPC.