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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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Cardiff Commercial EPC Assessments
Cardiff Display Energy Certificates
CF1 BRUKL & SBEM Reporting

Surveyor - Cardiff Commercial EPC Assessor - EPCs, DECs

Get A Commercial EPC Certificate In CF1 And Suburbs

Client discussion of commercial energy efficiency requirementsFreeman Surveying Ltd has offices in Bute Street, Cardiff Bay which serves as an ideal base for all our South Glamorgan survey work. We undertake all Commercial EPC commissions including level 5 buildings and specialise in large and complex projects. We also directly provide Display Energy Certificates, SBEM (part L2A/B) approvals and speciality packages for Commercial Landlords.

All our services are delivered directly by ourselves (i.e. we don’t appoint a third party to carry out the actual work).

Freeman Surveying Ltd is the only operational, independent DSM (level 5) accredited assessor in South Wales.

Typical lead time is under three days and we are happy to quote most jobs immediately over the phone. We don’t retain your info for quote purposes for longer than 14 days and have a strict policy of not chasing potential clients for a decision once we’ve provided a quotation. You have our number, if you want us to proceed you’ll let us know (however if we have also provided you with a potential date for a site visit, we can only hold this open for 24 hours)

Straightforward quoting, rapid turnaround, direct provider

If you need a price for a job, either give us a ring (best to phone us on 07510 090 633 during the day as we’re usually out on site), fill in the enquiry form (here) or email  Pricing is based on location, size and complexity of the building and we will adjust the price pro-rata for multiple units on the same site. We also provide a cost-effective, combined Commercial energy survey + Asbestos Management Survey for landlords.

Payment is always due prior to lodgement or release of any reports, although you can pay us when we attend site if you wish). We like to lodge certificates and release reports on the same day as a site visit, so please consider this when making payment.

Independent and Impartial provider of MEES compliant non-domestic EPCs and consultancy services

Cardiff Design Builder model example

As you are probably aware, it is no longer legal to lease a commercial building that is rated with an F or G Commercial EPC. These regulations are referred to as the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). Our jargon-free explanation of MEES can be read here.

If we survey your Cardiff building and it does not achieve an E rating then included in the cost of the service we will tell you exactly what you need to do to increase the rating to an E for the least cost. We will not lodge the EPC (unless you tell us otherwise) until you have undertaken the improvements, then on the condition that the work is completed within six months, email us photographic evidence to prove that the improvements are complete to the minimum recommendations and we will upgrade the original EPC model and then lodge the improved EPC. If the work takes longer then 6 months then a second site visit will be required for which a fee is chargeable.

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

If you’re selling your building and it is currently occupied, frequently the people who work there are not yet aware of your intentions (although they may well harbour suspicions). When we enter a building and are asked what the purpose of the survey is, our standard response to any inquisitive occupants is that it is for insurance purposes.

Emergency EPCs for commercial Cardiff properties – fast track services, derelict buildings, solution-driven.

We are able to fast track survey work and issue of certificates/reports on the same day as instruction for an additional fee.

We are busy, so please don’t expect to be prioritised unless you are willing to purchase the fast track option. However, even without fast-track, the work will be complete within a few days of instruction.

Please note, we do not do key collections from estate agents and for insurance purposes we need to be let into the property by the key holder.

Display Energy Certificate assessors near you – same day lodgement with a 45-minute site survey

DEC example Cardiff client

These Certificates (DEC) are operation ratings for public structures that are LEGALLY required to be displayed in all a visible location. We need the previous 12 months energy bills / renewable energy generation  (12 months) and floor plans to produce a DEC. A site visit is also required.

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

BRUKL reports are costed as a direct provider to Caerdydd/CF1SBEM Calculations (BRUKL reports) are needed to confirm that a building passes Part L2A/B of the UK Building Regulations. Building control will ask for a BRUKL report during the planning and final stages of construction of a commercial building. This includes HMO’s, student accommodation and hostels. To produce a BRUKL report (at either stage) we will require you to complete our online building info form and submit evidence to support. We will convert the final As-Built BRUKL into a ‘SAP’ Commercial EPC that will enable you to lease or sell the building. Packages are available that include consultancy at the design stage.

Further information on BRUKL / SBEM can be seen here.

SBEM – Simplified Building Energy Modelling – Part L2 A/B Calculations

SBEM (Simplified Building Energy Model) is the government approved method used to determine the Building Energy Rating  (BER) of a commercial building.  SBEM calculations are used to produce a  BRUKL report (output document) and also determine the EPC rating of a non-domestic building.

Learn more about SBEM here

DSM – Dynamic Simulation Modelling – Daylighting and Weather Calculations

DSM modelling example as used in a CF1 commercial EPC assessmentUltra modern buildings (typically offices and hotels) often include features such as mechanical shading, atrium and make maximum use of natural daylighting. Because natural light is integral to the energy efficiency of the building, it is classified as a level 5 building and can only be assessed using Dynamic System modelling methodology (DSM). SBEM is unable to take daylighting into consideration and therefore a level 5 building that has been mistakenly assessed as a level 3 or 4 (SBEM) must be reassessed using DSM compliant software with the previous SBEM EPC struck off the register.

Freeman Surveying Ltd is the only operational, independent DSM (level 5) accredited assessor in the region.

We directly provide all our services – we don’t subcontract any work out!

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Freeman Surveying Ltd

Suite 5, 113-116 Bute St
CF10 5EQ

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 Cardiff public buildings.