Frequently Asked Questions

What is the need for EPCs?2022-12-04T18:49:24+00:00

EPCs are a legislated requirement and compliance is mandatory for private buildings >2000 m2 and public buildings >1000 m2 that fall into the following categories:

•Places of entertainment and public assembly
•Places of learning
•Theatrical and indoor sport
Download a copy of the Energy Act.

What is the deadline for mandatory registration of buildings?2023-11-14T11:06:07+00:00

Buildings need to be registered on the SANEDI database before 04 August 2024. Contact us now to make use of our building registration service. For more information on building registrations download a copy of the energy act.

Download a copy of the Energy Act for more information on building registrations

What are the consequences of non-compliance?2022-12-04T18:50:12+00:00

Failure to comply is a contravention of the Energy Act of 2008. The consequences of non-compliance
is a fine up to R5 million.

Who is SANAS?2023-04-04T13:35:40+00:00

The South African National Accreditation System (SANAS) is the only national body responsible for carrying out accreditations in respect of conformity assessment.

Who is SANEDI?2023-04-04T13:36:07+00:00

The South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI) was established in 2011 under the National Energy Act, 2008 (Act No. 34 of 2008). The Act provides for SANEDI to direct, monitor and conduct energy research and development, promote energy research and technology innovation as well as undertake measures to promote energy efficiency throughout the economy.

SANEDI’s energy development agenda is a key part of our country’s Just Energy Transition.

Why must SANAS accredited companies be used?2023-04-04T13:36:59+00:00

Only accredited inspection bodies are allowed to issue EPCs, according to requirement of the Government Regulations.

SANAS is the only national body responsible for carrying out accreditations. Their process ensures that companies that receive accreditation have the correct skills, quality management systems and conform to the regulatory standards. Only accredited companies have access to the SANEDI database to issue an OFFICIAL CERTIFICATE. Any unofficial certificates are non-compliant.

How long does it take to get an EPC & how much does it cost?2023-04-04T13:37:23+00:00

The cost and time required to produce an EPC depends on the floor size of the building and the quality of the data.  We can quote after we understand your building size and what data you have available.

Get in touch with us for a quote.

What do I do after I get an EPC?2023-04-04T13:38:03+00:00

We will supply you with the official EPC which must be displayed in the reception area. A certified copy must be sent by the building owner to SANEDI to confirm that the official EPC has been received.

How long is the EPC valid for?2022-08-19T06:56:06+00:00

5 Years. After which it needs to be renewed

Are there consequences for a having a poor rating?2023-06-21T11:28:26+00:00

Although there are no consequences to having a poor rating, doing the analysis will enable building owners to understand what their rating is and what needs to be done to improve. We offer a report that is included in our EPC analysis which explains what is required to improve the rating and what the cost savings are. In most cases, the cost savings will ensure a quick payback of doing the EPC and ensure future earnings from the savings.

My building is not one of the categories, do I still need an EPC?2022-08-19T06:55:49+00:00

This is optional. We encourage you to get an EPC to understand your energy consumption.

Do I still need an EPC if my building’s power supply is off the grid?2023-04-04T13:42:29+00:00

Yes, you still need an EPC. The EPC is required irrespective of the energy source (i.e. supply from the grid, independent solar PV, independent wind power etc.).

The EPC assists building owners to understand the building’s energy efficiency rating.

A benefit of the EPC may be that the energy required to power the building could be optimized resulting in a cost saving.

The different energy sources are captured on the EPC.


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