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Insulated panels can maximise EPCs 22/10/2008
Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for all buildings being built, sold or rented are now a fact of life. EPIC (Engineered Panels in Construction) examines the issues that are surrounding EPCs and explains the benefits insulated panel systems can offer in helping to achieve a good rating.
The first issue to consider is that having a good EPC rating has the potential to enhance the value of a property. Secondly there is the question of how much obtaining an EPC will cost. This depends on the size and complexity of the building involved, but with the final bill potentially running into thousands, it is clear that the better the rating the better this outlay can be seen as an investment.
Next, an EPC remains valid for up to ten years, provided there is no alteration to the building or its fixed services. So, a poor rating could devalue your property and is then with you for the next ten years, unless you do something to first improve your building and then pay to have a new certificate issued.
Lastly, assuming a building envelope is energy efficient in the first place, you want it to stay that way beyond ten years, so durability and long term performance are also extremely important.
One very effective way of achieving high and maintained levels of energy efficiency is to use the most efficient and lasting envelope constructions for the roofs and walls. Insulated panels have been proven to fully meet this requirement. With a life expectancy of at least thirty years or more, whether used in a new build or a refurbishment project, these systems can provide the long term excellent thermal performance and low air leakage rates that will play a vital role in attaining a good EPC rating, as well as reducing day to day running costs.