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At IRT Surveys, we like to keep our finger on the pulse of our industry. That does not just mean monitoring technological innovations and the like, but also keeping an eye on the latest news that can benefit our customers.

In this update, we will look at just how new software is allowing us to make our most accurate, savings-heavy readings yet.

In addition, we will look at some government measures and schemes that could have a real impact on your heating bills.

IRT Envision Software

Here at IRT, we use our own in-house energy-auditing tool – Envision.

Using a bespoke software enables us to make tweaks as we need, ensures our operators in-depth knowledge of the system they use and, in addition, is a great way for us to quickly and accurately calculate energy usage and potential savings.

However, a change is on the way. At IRT, we are updating our Envision system in line with SAP2012. Simply put, this is the methodology used by the Government, councils and companies like us to

“assess and compare the energy and environmental performance of dwellings”

Many housing associations and councils have, until very recently, used SAP2009 (or even SAP2005) to calculate the efficiency and energy saving-potential of their residents’ properties. Under these old guidance models, each calculation probably cost a council £25 – £50 in order to undertake. These calculations then help determine Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) and any refurbishment options – improved pipe cladding, insulation and so forth, which might benefit the property.

  • IRT Surveys uses in-house developed Envision Software, which we are updating to SAP2012
  • SAP2012 is the methodology used to assess and compare energy and environmental performance of dwellings – IRT is updating to this guidance to provide the best and most relevant calculations

Using these old methodologies means inaccurate calculations and, in turn, dwellings not receiving the right level of insulation and other measures.

With this old data now well out of date, using the new SAP2012 model will allow us at IRT to provide more accurate data and suggestions. For example, SAP2012 allows us to more accurately calculate fuel costs, as well increasing carbon values per fuel. This means taking into account factors like the CO2 cost of transportation and so on.

Building this much more comprehensive picture allows for more insight into carbon footprints which, in turn, means big carbon savings. For our clients, this means more funding from funds such as the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO).

At IRT Surveys, we offer a comprehensive thermal survey, new 2012 SAP calculations, energy refurbishment calculations and notional EPC ratings for only £10 per house. This makes it simple and cheap for housing associations and councils to know the value of their housing stock and the future value of their carbon.

  • New SAP2012 measurement allow us to provide much greater data and suggestions for housing stock requirements and current state
  • SAP2012 allows us to build a much more detailed, rounded picture of a property
  • We provide a thermal survey, 2012SAP calculations, energy refurbishment calculations and notional EPC ratings for only £10 per house

EESSH Integration

In the same vein of getting properties up to the desired level, IRT have recently launched a new service for the Energy Efficiency Standard for Scotland Housing initiative.

Working alongside this initiative and our larger customers – councils and housing associations- we can help to quickly assess housing stock and help direct resources to the right places. With budgets under a constant squeeze, housing associations and councils need to know which properties to tackle.

An IRT report can show just how much work needs doing, what effect they will have and how this will affect the SAP rating of the property. This makes it easy to get the property up to the required standard.

  • In line with the Energy Efficiency Standard for Scotland Housing (EESSH), IRT Surveys is launching a new service to help our customers meet the right standards
  • We can help diagnose properties in need of work, how this will affect their SAP rating and if they will then meet required minimum standard

It is important to prioritise stock by treating the easy cases first – a home might require a couple of small changes to meet EESSH, which then frees up resources and time to address more challenging properties. Fast, low cost refurbishments, which improve stock overall, carbon emissions and tenant comfort, are a great way to make sure resources help as many properties and people as possible.

At IRT, we can provide the means and the speed to quickly size up housing stock and diagnose the easiest and hardest to treat stock. Identifying low-cost wins in one area means new boilers and insulation for worst-case properties in another.

  • Housing associations and councils have a tight budget for their stock
  • Identifying best and worst case houses makes it easy to prioritise and budget to improve all stock

IRT Surveys can provide quick, comprehensive surveys alongside EESSH guidance, ensuring allow stock meets the required standard .