Wednesday, 22 August 2018

What happens during a Legionella Risk Assessment.

During a legionella Risk Assessments some of the main areas that we are interested in are:

  1. How is cold water fed to the property

Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Energy Performance Certificates Frequently Asked Questions

The information applies to current legislation, methodology and EPCs.

1. What is an energy assessment?

A Bluewire Hub Energy Assessor will visit your property to collect the data required for assessing the properties energy features, and using this information produces an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) using government-approved and accredited EPC software. The assessment is based on the age, construction, dwelling type any and relevant fittings such as heating systems, insulation or double glazing. Please don't confuse an Energy Performance Certificate survey with a structural or building survey, condition report or property valuation. An Energy Performance Certificate is not a report on the condition of the property nor will it comment on the presence or otherwise of asbestos, high alumina cement concrete, additives including calcium chloride, or any building defects or hazardous materials. An EPC does not cover items or problems in the property which may be picked up in a building survey, which could be costly to rectify, these are outside the scope of the data collection methodology of an EPC.

Thursday, 9 August 2018

Do I need a Legionella Risk Assessment?

The simple answer is yes you do!

The following is taken from the HSE website;

"The law states that if you are a landlord and rent out your property (or even a single room at home) you have legal responsibilities to ensure the health and safety of your tenant(s) by keeping that property safe and free from any hazards to the health of the occupiers.

The practical and proportionate application of health and safety law to landlords of domestic rental properties is that whilst there is a duty to assess the risk from exposure to Legionella to ensure the safety of their tenants, this does not require an in-depth, detailed assessment.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

What is Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning?

Gas appliances which are unsafe or poorly maintained can produce the highly poisonous gas, carbon monoxide (CO). Carbon Monoxide can cause serious long term health problems such as brain damage and in extreme cases, death. CO is  produced when gas and Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) aren't burnt completely. This can happen when a gas appliance has been either incorrectly fitted, poorly maintained or badly repaired or if flues, chimneys and or vents are blocked. The burning of solid fuels such as coal, wood,

Monday, 6 August 2018

Why do I need an Energy Performance Certificate?

It is a legal requirement that all residential and commercial property within the UK that is available to either purchase or rent must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). If you are selling your home the EPC must be valid for the entire marketing and conveyancing timescale. 

The EPC will show the potential costs involved for lighting, heating and hot water at the property and also the buildings energy efficiency in the form of an A - G graph here A is he most efficient and G the least.