epc functionality

Using PlanUp EPC functionality

If you are using the Domestic Energy Assessor (DEA) version of the software (determined when you create you account – it is the same download) it is possible to record elements needed for Energy Performace Certificate (EPC) data at various stages of drawing the plan.

You can record:

Everything recorded for the EPC in PlanUp will be totalled/used for calculations as appropriate in a report which will be downloadable after finishing the plan - see EPC Report.

EPC Symbols

If you are using the DEA version of the software (determined when you create your account – it is the same download) it is possible to record elements of EPC data at various stages of drawing the plan.

Items such as programmers, loft hatches, boiler flues and so on can be added to the plans. A specific menu for EPC only symbols is available on the top tool bar by tapping on the PRG button. These items are detailed in full in the toolbar refence guide.

These symbols will only show on the EPC plans and not on the marketing plans used by estate agents.

Item specific EPC data

If you are using the DEA version of the software (determined when you create your account – it is the same download) it is possible to record elements of EPC data at various stages of drawing the plan.

Certain standard items can have EPC information recorded about them. The items that have EPC data that can be recorded are:

Windows

All windows have the option to record:

  • The glazing type
  • The dimensions
  • The draft proofing

Tap on the window to bring up the popup menu:

  • The main menu for windows contains the glazing options – select as appropriate.
  • Tap on dimensions to select or enter the measurements. The width will automatically show as it is drawn, but if you tap Other... and enter the width measurement the window will resize accordingly.
  • Tap on Proofing... and you can select as appropriate.

As long as both the width and height of the window are entered PlanUp will calculate the window area and make adjustments to alternative walls as appropriate.

Please note that glazing areas for non-separated conservatories are treated differently. Please see Non-Separated Conservatories in heat loss for more details.

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Doors

Any doors (except garage doors) have an option to record:

  • The glazing type
  • The height
  • The draft proofing
  • The number of openings

To do this, tap on the door to bring up the popup menu. You will see on the menu options for:

  • Glazing/Frame
  • Height/Proofing
  • Openings

The menu will update accordingly giving you the options to record what you wish. Below in order: main menu, glazing, height/proofing, and openings menus.

The width of the door will be used as it is drawn together with the height to calculate the window area and make adjustments to alternative walls as appropriate.

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Radiators and other heaters

Radiators, storage heaters, etc will be counted (each counted separately) and the totals available in the EPC report. The number of radiators with TRVs is also counted. TRVs can be marked by tapping on the radiator and marking the option in the popup menu.

It is also possible to mark the radiators for use on the estate agent plan or not.

The radiator and other heater options available are:

  • Single/double radiator
  • Storage heater
  • Warm air vent
  • Heated towel rail
  • Electric heater
  • Water/oiled filled radiator

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Fireplaces

Once a fireplace has been added you can choose the type of fire/heater it is from the popup menu:

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Baths and shower

For baths and showers it is possible to record mixers. To do this simply select the bath/shower once it has been added to show the popup menu and there will be options visible to record a mixer.

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Room specific EPC data

If you are using the DEA version of the software (determined when you create your account – it is the same download) it is possible to record elements of EPC data at various stages of drawing the plan.

While you have any room selected there will be an EPC Settings menu available – this allows you to record the EPC data specific to that room. Tap on EPC Settings to show the menu indicated below:

From this menu you can:

  • Record whether the room is:
  • Part of the main house
  • Part of an extension – up to 4 separate extensions can be noted
  • A non-separated conservatory. Please see Heat Loss for how to set glazed perimeter details - this is a heat loss type
  • To be excluded from the EPC
  • Record if the room is habitable or not.
  • If you name the room first this will default to habitable in appropriate circumstances e.g. if the room is titled as lounge – this automatic choice can be overridden.
  • If the room is habitable you can indicate if it is heated or not - adding a radiator will automatically mark the room as heated.
  • Measure the ceiling height.
  • Tapping Ceiling height will open the number pad to enter the ceiling height.
  • Different rooms can have different ceiling heights.
  • If there are multiple ceiling heights a list of currently entered ceiling heights will be available to choose from.
  • Newly created rooms will be marked as the same height as the room they were created from by default.
  • The number of lights – a count of both normal and low energy bulbs is available.
  • If the room is a room in the roof

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Heat loss

The best way to record heat loss types is using the EPC view of the plan. You get to the EPC view by tapping on this button in the bottom toolbar:

When in EPC view the colours will swap the other way around on the button and the plan view will change to look something like this:

The default heat loss type is for HLP. To record other heat loss types:

  • Tap on the wall measurement in the red box.
  • This will give you option to choose from for different heat loss types.
  • The heat loss type will automatically run along the length of the wall unless part of this wall is part of an extension.

NB: Different heat loss types will be displayed in different colours.

Non-Separated Conservatories – Glazed Perimeter

If a room is marked as a non-separated conservatory you can select the heat loss type as glazed perimeter – this is only available for non-separated conservatories.

Alternative Walls

If you select the heat loss type as alternative you can record a different construction for the alternative wall types.

Any walls that are marked as alternative will have a wall area calculated. These areas will exclude any doors and windows added to the alternative walls. Please ensure the heights of these items have been added correctly to ensure correct calculations. Please see Item Specific Data for details.

Calculations for alternative wall areas are shown on the final EPC report.

IMPORTANT: You must have a ceiling height recorded for the alternative wall area to be calculated. See Room Specific EPC Data for more information on ceiling heights.

If you select the heat loss type as alternative you can record a different construction for the alternative wall types.

Calculations for alternative wall areas are shown on the final EPC report.

Can the wall be split into two heat loss types?

Yes. Please see how to split heat loss types for information.

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Split wall between heat loss types

In order to split a wall between different heat loss types, you need to be in the EPC view of the plan. You get to the EPC view by tapping on this button in the bottom toolbar:

  • Tap on the wall measurement that has two heat loss types.

  • At the bottom of the popup menu there is an option to Split – tap on this.
  • The wall has now split into two equal parts.

  • You can now tap on one of these measurements and entering the new measurement to change where the split is as required.

  • Tapping on the measurements will also allow you to choose a different heat loss type for that section only.

Heat loss can also be recorded by tapping on an external wall whilst editing the plan normally and tapping on Heat loss.

NB: You cannot split the heat loss types unless you use are using the EPC view.

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Construction and insulation

You are able to record one construction type for part of the plan – main, and extensions 1-4. To do this:

  • From the EPC view tap on the options at the bottom of the screen for Main, Ext1, etc.
  • This will display the floor area for that part of the plan with the ceiling height and heat loss total.
  • At the right hand end of this it will say Construction – tap on this.
  • You can now choose from the different types of construction and insulation available.
  • Tap on OK when done.

You can also record the construction from the normal view by tapping on an external wall and selecting Construction from the popup menu.

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EPC Report

The report with the EPC data captured in PlanUp can be saved from any image email you request to be sent or from the Direct Save options as detailed in Saving Final Images.