Importance of commercial energy audits
The Carbon Neutral Roadmap was approved by the States Assembly on the 29 April 2022. It outlines proposed policies to start our journey to net zero. One of the 4 main categories of policies is heating, cooking and cooling. This includes policies targeting the business sector.
Business sector emissions can be lowered by improving the energy efficiency of commercial buildings. The first step is to understand their energy efficiency and identify improvements that could be made. This can be done through a commercial energy audit and Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
home energy audit scheme already exist in Jersey.
An online tool to create commercial EPCs has recently been developed for Jersey. The first cohort of commercial energy assessors have now completed their training. They are currently completing the coursework required to become accredited.
About commercial energy audits
A commercial energy audit is a survey to tell you how energy efficient a non-domestic property is. The more energy efficient the building, the more money you will save on your energy bills.
Having a commercial energy audit done on your property tells you:
- how much energy you’re currently using
- recommendations of improvements to increase energy efficiency
We will soon be offering a subsidy towards the cost of commercial energy audits.
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is awarded as part of a commercial energy audit.
Become a non-domestic energy assessor
To become an accredited non-domestic energy assessor, you need to:
- complete Level 3 and 4 non-domestic energy assessor courses
- complete the Jersey-specific Quidos upskill module
- complete the accreditation process with Quidos
Only those with a registered business in Jersey are able to offer this service in Jersey.
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
An EPC tells you how efficient your property is and gives it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). Information about how the building was built and how it is heated is used to generate an EPC.
It gives you a personalised list of improvements that can increase the EPC rating.
EPC ratings give you a standardised way to compare your property with others.
EPCs can only be generated by a qualified assessor.