KCS Consulting Ltd are CIBSE accredited Low Carbon Consultants and can provide a wide range of building simulation modelling services that offer the option of an in-depth study of the likely thermal and energy related performance on the proposed building design from early stage appraisal through detailed design analysis to compliance calculations and energy performance certification.
Thermal Modelling is used in the design process with the building services engineering and building specifications; representing them in a 3 dimensional model by using software such as Dynamic Simulation Modelling 'DSM' and by running a hour by hour, yearlong simulation to provide detailed results.
Our engineers are fully trained, experienced and certified with the use of IES-VE 'Integrated Environmental Solutions - Virtual Environment' and EDSL 'TAS software. by Environmental Design Solutions Ltd, and where utilised early in the design process it can help designers make fundamental decisions in improving building design with the potential for reducing both the capital and operational running costs.
Typical uses for this modelling, simulation and analysis include:
- Natural and complex passive ventilation analysis
- Passive heating and cooling simulation
- Predicting internal comfort conditions and likelihood of overheating during the summer
- Establishing likely energy demands and building related carbon emissions
- Renewable energy requirements and associated CO2 emissions reduction
- Sustainability/Planning and BREEAM reports
- Daylight factor calculations
- Solar shading analysis to assist summer shading and design of Brise Soleil
KCS can offer thermal modelling as an integral part of a building services design or appointed only to assist with CO2 compliance calculations for Part L of the Building Regulations 2013 SBEM or DSM, and production of 'Design' or 'As Built' BRUKL documents.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
Since 1st April 2008 all non-domestic buildings on construction, sale and rent require a Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificate (NDEPC) and a Recommendation Report (RR) our CIBSE accredited Low Carbon Energy Assessors can undertake non-domestic Energy Performance Certificates 'EPC's for Level 3, 4 or 5 building complexities.
Display Energy Certificates (DECs)
KCS Consulting Ltd can also undertake Display Energy Certificates required for public buildings (Those visited regularly by the public), and these need renewal on annual basis for buildings greater 500m2 and 10 yearly for smaller public building between 250-500 sqm, to highlight their energy performance.
The DEC must be displayed prominently in a place visible to the public. These buildings also require an Advisory Report (AR) providing recommendations for energy improvements each seven years.
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)
The Energy Efficiency Regulations 2015 establish a minimum level of energy efficiency for privately rented property in England and Wales. In relation to the non-domestic private rented sector, Part 3 of the Regulations contains the minimum level of energy efficiency provisions, which is currently set at an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of at least band E. As band E is a minimum.
The minimum level of energy efficiency provisions will mean that, subject to certain requirements and exemptions:
a) from 1 April 2018, landlords of non-domestic private rented properties (including public sector landlords) may not grant a tenancy to new or existing tenants if their property has an EPC rating of band F or G (shown on a valid Energy Performance Certificate for the property).
b) from 1 April 2023, landlords must not continue letting a non-domestic property which is already let if that property has an EPC rating of band F or G.
Essentially Landlords with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Rating below an E will be required to undertake work to improve the energy performance of the property; those who do not could face heavy penalties, KCS can assist private landlords to establish the EPC asset ratings and identify opportunities to improve energy performance and aim above and beyond the current requirement in order to achieve greater energy savings, we can provide a full design service in regards building services improvements, such as heating, ventilation and lighting systems.
Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)
ESOS is a mandatory energy assessment scheme for 'large' UK organisations. The qualifying criteria can be complex, but put simply, if an organisation has more than 250 employees it is highly likely that it has a requirement to carry out and submit an ESOS assessment every 4 years. The first assessment was required to have been submitted by 5th December 2015 and the second phase submission with a compliance date of 5th December 2019.
An ESOS assessment must consider the entire energy used by an organisation over a 12 month period, from buildings, transport and commercial processes. It must identify the areas of significant energy use and outline cost-effective recommendations for energy efficiency improvements.
The ESOS assessment must gain board level sign off and be verified by a Lead ESOS Assessor. The Lead ESOS Assessor must report compliance to the Environment Agency by 5th December 2015.
KCS Consulting Ltd can guide you to ESOS compliance, with the added benefit from our ability to undertake energy audits and produce recommendations to reduce energy costs and ultimately help boost efficiency and competitiveness, our energy assessors are fully qualified and accredited ESOS auditors through CIBSE accreditation, and also accredited for Display Energy Certificates to enable a straight forward and cost effective method to undertake building energy audits.