EPC / Legionella Reports
The UK has committed to reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20 per cent by the year 2020 and seeks a 60% reduction in emissions by 2050.
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is the Government's chosen way of complying with the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
The EPC shows your ratings for both the current efficiency of the property and the environmental impact.
Additionally the certificate will show typical ongoing energy costs of the property as well as advise on improvements which are listed separately with an estimated saving per year.
An EPC is always accompanied by a recommendation report that lists cost effective measures to help improve the energy rating of the building. The potential rating shown on the certificate is based on all the cost effective recommendations being implemented.
The recommendation report lists:
- Suggested improvements and recommendations. (Such as fitting loft insulation)
- The approximate cost of these recommendations.
- Possible cost savings per year if the improvements are made.
- How this would change the energy and carbon emission rating of the property.
You can use this information to:
- Cut your fuel bills.
- Improve energy performance in your home.
- Help cut carbon emissions.
- Help you choose a more energy efficient home to rent or buy.
You do not have to act on the recommendations contained in the report. However, if you decide to do so, then it could make your property more attractive for sale or rent by making it more energy efficient.
EPC's carry ratings that compare the current energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions with potential figures that your home could achieve. Potential figures are calculated by estimating what the energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions would be if energy saving measures were put in place.
The rating measures the energy and carbon emission efficiency of your home using a grade from A to G. An A rating is the most efficient, while G is the least efficient. The average efficiency grade to date is D.
EPC's are produced using standard methods with standard assumptions about energy usage so that the energy efficiency of one building can easily be compared with another building of the same type. This allows prospective buyers, tenants, owners, occupiers and purchasers to see information on the energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions from their building so they can consider energy efficiency and fuel costs as part of their investment.
Legionella Risk Assessment
What is Legionnaires’ Disease?
GUIDANCE ON LEGIONNAIRES' DISEASE
Legionnaires’ Disease is a pneumonia like illness caused by the Legionella bacteria, which can be fatal. Infection is caused by inhalation of droplets of water carrying the bacteria, which leads to infection. It is non-contagious.
The bacteria are found in the natural environment and are able to contaminate, grow and thrive in water systems if conditions are not carefully controlled to prevent their proliferation. They survive low temperatures and prosper at conditions between 20-45°C; although they are killed at high temperatures of 60°C or above.28
What change in the law applies to Legionnaires disease and Legionella bacteria?
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health 1999 provide guidance including the control of bacteria in water including hot water, cold water, heating and cooling systems. The relevant legislation can be viewed at www.hse.gov.uk/legionnaires
What is my responsibility as a Landlord?
Landlords who provide residential accommodation, as the person in control of the premises or responsible for the water systems in their premises, have a legal duty to ensure that the risk of exposure of tenants to legionella is properly assessed and controlled. This duty extends to residents, guests, tenants and customers.
What is a Legionella Risk Assessment (LRA) ?
In the UK this type of specialist risk assessment is required by law and is specifically identified by the Health & Safety Executive in their Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) “Legionnaires’ disease. The control of legionella bacteria in water systems”.
A Legionella Risk Assessment is an essential risk management process and comprises a detailed examination of the risks presented by man-made water systems, and seeks to identify and assess the risks associated with Legionnaires’ disease through exposure to legionella bacteria.
The Legionella Risk Assessment needs to be completed every two years. Prices may vary depending on the size of the property and the number of bathrooms. Call our office for a quote.
We regret that this places yet another burden upon you, the Landlord, but we cannot ignore compliance issues, particularly in relation to Tenant Health and Safety matters.
Call our office to discuss your requirements