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Everything you need to know about the changes to non-domestic EPCs
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) have been a staple standard for over 15 years, but the rating methodology has been tweaked recently. Before we get to those changes and how they will affect you, there are a few background details you should be aware of.
The latest SBEM update The Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) is a software tool that provides an analysis of non-domestic buildings’ energy consumption. Energy professionals use it to determine the CO2 emission rates for new buildings in compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations (England and Wales) and equivalent regulations in Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and Jersey. It is also used to generate Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for non-domestic buildings on construction and at the point of sale or rent. The SBEM receives regular updates, with the most recent one accommodating minor changes to support the new building regulations for non-domestic buildings, in force since 15th June 2022. It also includes a shift in the carbon factors used to calculate emissions.