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Ashford building consultancy services are a team of fully accredited, highly qualified consultants who can provide you with the following services:

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Our energy assessors are members of The BRE Global and Stroma accreditation schemes and as members adhere to the strict codes of conduct and PI insurance requirements of these schemes. Our team will help you to achieve compliance with current legislative requirements with a service tailored to suit your specific needs. We are happy to give informal advice concerning your requirements for any of the above services. Please note that our initial advice and quotation services are free.

For further information on the services we provide or to request a quotation, please call the Ashford office direct on 01233 330 282 or email with your requirements.

SAP calculations service (dwellings)

All new build properties require a SAP rating and associated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Additionally SAP calculations can be used to demonstrate that an extension complies with Building Regulations requirements where the design is non standard. Our SAP calculations service includes:

  • SAP calculations for new dwellings
  • SAP calculations for extensions and changes of use
  • EPC production for new dwellings
  • Predicted Energy Assessments (PEAs) for new dwellings marketed “off plan”

Email: Darren Parrett or Tim Parrett or call us direct on 01233 330 282

SBEM calculations service (commercial buildings)

Since April 2006, virtually all new commercial buildings and large extensions to commercial buildings have required the production of a building energy rating to show compliance with The Building Regulations. SBEM (Standard Building Energy Methodology) is the most widely used and recognised tool to provide this energy rating. Our SBEM calculations service includes:

  • Assessment of your building off plan from inception stage onwards
  • Liaison with services engineer to model the most cost effective heating and cooling solutions for your building
  • Solar and casual gains assessments to assist in cooling strategies
  • Provision of the necessary documentation to demonstrate compliance with current standards.

Email: Les Bambridge or Iain Butler-Gallie or call us direct on 01233 330 282

Commercial Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)

Since April 2008 Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been phased in for commercial buildings. To satisfy current legislation virtually all commercial properties now require an EPC both on construction or on sale / let. Our commercial EPC service includes:

  • Production of EPCs on construction (off paper)
  • Production of EPCs for existing buildings for sale or let
  • Site survey to collect relevant data
  • Production and lodgement of the EPC on the national database
  • Consultation with the Energy Assessor to discuss recommendations to improve the performance of the building

Email: Les Bambridge or call us direct on 01233 33 0282

Display Energy Certificates (DECs)

From January 2013 all public buildings greater than 500m sq (currently 1000m sq) and occupied by organisations and authorities providing a public service are required to display an energy certificate which gives an operational rating based on the energy consumption of the building. Our DEC service includes:

  • Site survey and data collection
  • Production of DEC and lodgement on the national database
  • Production of associated bespoke recommendations report
  • Consultation with the Energy Assessor to discuss report recommendations to improve the energy consumption of the building

Email:  Les Bambridge or call us direct on 01233 330 282

Code for sustainable homes services

The purpose of the Code is to measure the sustainability of a new home against nine key sustainable design categories. This results in a rating of the whole home as a complete package using a 1 – 6 star rating category indicating the overall sustainability performance of the new home. The Code sets minimum standards for energy and water use at each level.

Since May 2008 a rating against the code has become mandatory.

Our Code for Sustainability service includes:

  • Pre assessment report production
  • Design stage assessment
  • Post construction assessment
  • Advice and consultation on achieving necessary ratings
  • Site visits for post construction stage assessments

Email: Glyn Davies or Tim Parrett or call us direct on 01233 330 282

BREEAM assessments

BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) uses recognised measures of performance, set against established benchmarks to evaluate a building’s specification, design, construction and use. The measures used are based on categories and criteria from energy to ecology including energy and water use, the internal environment (health and well-being), pollution, transport, materials, waste, ecology and management processes.

Ashford Consultancy Services is a licensed BREEAM provider. Please contact us for an informal discussion of you BREEAM requirements.

Email: Les Bambridge or call us direct on 01233 330 282

Fire Risk Assessments (FRA's)

Since October 2006, The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety Order) came into force replacing the need for fire certificates. As of this date it became mandatory for businesses and commercial premises to have a suitable and sufficient Fire Risk Assessment in place.

Our Fire Risk assessment service includes:

  • Site survey and analysis of your premises and operations to determine fire safety requirements
  • Production of a bespoke detailed Fire Risk Assessment for your business
  • Consultation with The Fire Risk Assessor to discuss the report and advice on implementation of the findings

Email:  Iain Butler-Gallie or Les Bambrige or call us direct on 01233 330 282

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