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Building control were asking for an SBEM report and an on-construction EPC. The building was finished but not fitted out and the tenant was due in five days. Certificates took 12 hours, BC signed off and the tenant was in on schedule. Thanks again!

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Bristol Commercial EPC Surveys
Bristol Display Energy Certificates
BS1 BRUKL & SBEM Reporting

Commercial EPC Bristol Area Direct Supplier. DECs, SBEM, BRUKL

 Surveyor – Commercial Energy Assessor – EPCs, DECs

We have an established client base in Bristol and have surveyed countless offices, industrial and retail units in the area since 2013. Recently we have been heavily involved with Commercial Landlords looking to comply with the recently introduced MEES regulations alongside our usual staple of Commercial EPCs, Display Energy Certificates and SBEM / BRUKL calcs and consultancy.

We are also accredited and experienced in producing level 5 (DSM) Commercial EPCs. This is an emerging market for high specification non-dwellings that are designed to maximise use of natural daylight and shading.

We offer an attractively packaged ‘Landlords pack’ that includes a Commercial EPC, Asbestos Management Survey and MEES consultancy 

Straightforward quoting, Fast turnaround, Direct provider

Simply give us a ring (we are usually out surveying during the day so our mobile number will be preferable) and we will be able to provide you with a quote and provisional appointment slot there and then. Prices start in the region of £130 plus VAT for a retail unit (Commercial EPC) and typically we are on site within a couple days and make sure the report is ready to issue within 24 hours of site visit.

If you have multiple units that need certification we will always price accordingly.

Independent and Impartial provider of MEES Compliant commercial EPCs and consultancy services

You are not able to let a building (or part of one) unless the EPC for that space has an E rating or above. For sub E buildings we are able to undertake a site survey, produce a draft EPC and issue the most cost-effective recommendations possible. Once the recommendations are complete we will request photos as proof (the improvements must be completed within six months of the original site visit otherwise a second site visit will be required which will carry an additional cost) and then upgrade and lodge the EPC.

Commercial Energy Assessor near you – We do the work directly in the strictest confidence

We appreciate that selling a property is often a sensitive issue and as standard practice, we never discuss even the broadest implications behind obtaining a certification with any of the staff/occupants of a building we have been instructed on. Our usual stance (if asked) is that the survey is for insurance purposes.

Emergency EPCs for Commercial properties – Fast track services, derelict buildings, solution-driven

Certificates are issued on the same day as instruction whenever possible, however during busy periods this may not be possible and so the fast-track option will be useful (extra charges will apply).

Display Energy Certificate Assessors near you – Same day lodgement available, 45-minute site survey

Energy efficiency report of a commercial type

Display Energy Certificates are essentially an ‘operational’ energy rating for a public building. In order to undertake a DEC we first require at least 12 months of energy bills, a floor plan or document that clearly states the Gross Internal Floor Area (GIS) and, if the building generates its own power (e.g through solar PV) then we require a year’s generation data that coincides within 14 days of the energy bills (a spreadsheet is fine).

Typically buildings that require a DEC would be schools, town halls, hospitals, doctors surgeries etc. it is the responsibility of the tenant/occupier to ensure that a DEC is in place and up to date. A fine of up to £500 will be levied if the building is not certified.

It takes around one hour to survey a typical location.

Please note, we will only attend site once we have been provided with the necessary documentation.

BRUKL – Building Regulations United Kingdom Part L2A/B – GUARANTEED PASS

Somerset firm - BRUKL Assessment ImageAn SBEM report is required at both design and completion stage in order for a building over 500m2 to be signed off by building control. We provide the calculations and report necessary to achieve this. We are also able to produce an on-construction (SAP) non-domestic EPC at the end of the process to enable the building to be lodged. Often building control will ask for an EPC as a component of the sign-off. If your building fails SBEM at any stage in the process we will work with you to ascertain the most suitable measure to obtain a pass (you may prefer us just to tell you the cheapest way to comply).

SBEM – Simplified Building Energy Modelling – Part L2 Calculations

SBEM stands for Simplified Building Energy Model and is the government enforced methodology used by commercial energy assessors to calculate the Building Energy Rating (BER) of a non-domestic building. The conventions used to calculate the BER are applied in generating an EPC rating and checking a building complies with Part L2 of the British building regulation (confusingly called ‘BRUKL output documents’ but referred to as SBEM calculations ).

Learn more about SBEM here

DSM – Dynamic Simulation Modelling – Daylighting & Weather Calculations

Highly complex buildings that may have aspects of mechanical shading, an atrium or another shading element detrimental to its energy efficiency are classified as level 5 buildings and require a level 5 EPC, otherwise referred to as a level 5 Commercial EPC, using Dynamic Simulation Modelling. Basically taking into consideration daylight and shading, which SBEM is not capable of doing.

Level 5 EPCs take more time to create and lodge more than level a 3 or 4 structure and are therefore POA in written application only (email info@freemansurveying or use the enquiries form). Currently, there are very few active level 5 commercial energy assessors in this SW region, Freeman Surveying Ltd is the only operational, directly qualified, fully independent DSM assessor within 50 miles of Newport.

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Freeman Surveying Ltd

Ground Floor
69 Downend Rd
BS16 5BD

07510 090633

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 – 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 – 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 – 17:00
Thursday 09:00 – 17:00
Friday 09:00 – 17:00
Saturday CLOSED


Accredited Energy Assessors

Freeman Surveying Ltd is accredited to undertake and deliver Non-Domestic Energy Performance Certificates for level 3, 4 and 5 commercial buildings. This includes Dynamic Simulation Models (DSM), BRUKL (SBEM Calculations) and Display Energy Certificates for public buildings.