Plan Assessor version 5.2 is now ready for SAP 2009 EPC

All On Construction Energy Performance Certificates are set to change over to the SAP 2009 methodology from the 17th April 2011.  To make sure you are ready,  download the latest update to NHER Plan Assessor – including full support for SAP 2009 EPCs.  We are proud to say that NHER were the first Accreditation Scheme to receive approval from BRE (on behalf of CLG) for producing SAP 2009 EPCs.  This is thanks to the efforts of our software development and testing teams, and shows that we consistently achieve high quality standards.

IMPORTANT NOTE –  The scheduled update to the Landmark EPC Register is on April 17th 2011. Before the update, EPCs will not be available from version 5.2.   After the update, EPCs will only be available from this version, for England & Wales and Scotland.  Plan Assessor 4.5 should still be used for Northern Ireland On Construction EPCs.

What are the changes to On-Construction EPCs?

The first two pages of the EPC have the same design and layout as before.  Importantly, the SAP and EI ratings could be slightly reduced as a result of the changes to the SAP methodology.

The summary of this home’s energy performance related features has been moved to page 4.  On the third page you will now see the Recommendations for the dwelling, along with the Indicative cost, typical savings, and the ratings after improvement.  

New on page 4 is a section for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) domestic scheme.  The RHI is designed to encourage uptake of renewable heating systems, and is due to launch in October 2012 to coincide with the Green Deal.   This section on the EPC is intended to give information that can be used to calculate payments available to the home-owner per kWh of renewable heat.

NHER Plan Assessor program and features

Additional new features in the software include more compatibility options, a new pre-EPC report, and the ability to import / export records using XML for convenient data transfer.  Need to know how much further to go to get building regulations sign off? The DER / TER variance is now shown on the Plan Assessor taskbar and results page for easy reference.

A trial version is available for 30 days.   This has certain features limited, for example EPCs are not available.  At any time during or after the trial period you can easily upgrade to the full version.