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Your Partner for Delivering EPC Upgrades for Commercial Landlords  

In the quest to reduce environmental impact and adhere to increasingly stringent regulations, upgrading the energy efficiency of commercial properties has become a critical priority for businesses and property owners.

The Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rates a building’s energy efficiency from ‘A’ (most efficient) to ‘G’ (least efficient). By 2027, all commercial buildings will need to achieve a minimum ‘C’ rating, rising to a minimum ‘B’ rating by 2030. To meet these standards, landlords may need to invest significantly in improving energy systems, reducing power consumption and installing insulation. This is where DBSJ can help. As an integrated design, joinery, and fit-out contractor, DBSJ not only creates exceptional interiors but also helps customers achieve their energy performance goals by seamlessly integrating and coordinating the multiple trades required to undertake the various elements of work, often in a live environment and in occupied spaces. 

The Importance of EPC Upgrades  

An EPC is essential for commercial landlords as it provides a comprehensive rating of a building’s energy efficiency. These ratings influence property value, tenant satisfaction, and operational costs. Upgrading EPC ratings offers numerous benefits, including enhanced energy efficiency, reduced utility costs and compliance with regulatory standards. At DBSJ, we understand the pivotal role EPC upgrades play in creating sustainable and cost-effective commercial spaces.  

Key EPC Initiatives  

DBSJ adopts a collaborative approach to EPC upgrades. We can work with the customer’s appointed services consultant to ensure all initiatives align with their specific needs and goals. Alternatively, we can employ a consultant directly to provide expert guidance and oversee the project from start to finish. This flexibility ensures that each project is tailored to the customer’s unique requirements, delivering optimal results. Our key initiatives designed to improve EPC ratings and enhance overall building performance include: 

Electric Air Source Heat Pumps: Replacing traditional gas systems with electric air source heat pumps is a key step towards sustainability. These systems are environmentally friendly and offer significant cost savings on energy bills. By utilising air source heat pumps, commercial properties can reduce their carbon footprint while maintaining optimal indoor climate control. 

LED Light Fittings: Upgrading to LED light fittings is another effective way to boost energy efficiency. LED lights consume less power and have a longer lifespan compared to conventional lighting options. This simple yet impactful change can lead to substantial energy savings and lower maintenance costs over time. 

Solar Panels: Harnessing solar energy is a powerful strategy for reducing reliance on traditional energy sources. Installing solar panels allows commercial properties to generate their own clean energy, significantly cutting down on utility expenses and promoting sustainability. Solar energy not only supports environmental goals but also enhances the property’s appeal to eco-conscious tenants. There are also options to sell unused energy back to the grid.  

Removal of Gas-Fired Services: Removing gas from the building will lead to a significant improvement to the EPC rating, wet-fed, gas-fired radiators can be replaced with combined VRF heating and cooling systems, whilst hot water can be changed to electric-fed localised water heaters or “zip taps” any additional background heating can be provided by electric panel heaters on energy efficient timing controls, often controlled via an App or BMS.

Upgrading EPC ratings is a vital step towards creating sustainable, efficient, and compliant commercial spaces. At DBSJ, our expertise in integrated design, joinery, and fit-out services, combined with our targeted EPC initiatives, positions us as a trusted partner for commercial landlords. Whether you’re looking to replace gas systems with electric air source heat pumps, upgrade to LED lighting, or install solar panels, we have the skills and experience to deliver exceptional results.  

Contact DBSJ today for a consultation and take the first step towards transforming your commercial property into an energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly space.