What comes to your mind when you think about your commercial building’s maintenance? Your answer may be regularly repairing the exterior of your building or servicing the elevators and lighting fixtures often.
While these fixes are important, building maintenance as a whole includes more than that. To ensure the safety, comfort and wellbeing of your tenants, let’s explore some of the important and compulsory points that every responsible building owner in the UK should follow.
So, what are these essential factors that make the ultimate checklist for your commercial building’s maintenance?
Let’s have a look!
1. Conduct EPC Certification
Do you want to make your commercial building more sustainable and energy efficient? Having an Energy Performance Certification may be a viable solution to your dilemma. With an EPC, you can find areas in your property where energy is being wasted or used excessively. This assessment gives you helpful insights that allow your property to become more sustainable.
Making changes and implementing these suggestions, such as choosing energy-efficient lighting, considering other insulation options and HVAC systems visibly lower your energy consumption. As a result, there will be a noticeable decrease in your monthly energy bills, freeing up funds that can be used to maintain other important things on your property.
Your EPC certification will need to be renewed every 10 years in order to remain compliant. The reason for this is because the performance of your building will change and ultimately so will the EPC rating. So, to stay ahead of the competition and make sure your building is as energy efficient as it can be, renew your epc certification as recommended.
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2. Conduct An Air Tightness Test
Having an air tightness test provides many advantages and allows you to identify problem areas and opportunities for improvement. If you are struggling to maintain good indoor air quality in your commercial building, an air tightness test is a great place to start! It is another essential component of your commercial building maintenance checklist which will check your building’s air leakage level, and how well it keeps air from leaking in or out.
While it can be commonly disregarded and thought of as unimportant, air tightness tests are essential to ensure the safety of its occupants. If there are problem areas, gaps and holes, these will be identified and sealed accordingly.
In addition to improving indoor air quality, air tightness testing also helps you to save energy. When the leaks are properly taken care of, your commercial property will have better thermal performance, which results in less heat loss during winter and heat gain in summer. The indoor temperature will remain fairly stable throughout the year.
Keep in mind that every building is different and will require an individual air tightness test for customised solutions. The technicians at Gio Property Solutions can help with this, so contact us today!
3. Yearly Pest Control
Do you want to keep your commercial building clean and hygienic? Yearly pest control should be considered! If your building is infested with pests like rodents, insects and birds it can be harmful for your tenants health. This also may result in lower client retention and a bad reputation for your commercial property and business. Don’t scare away potential clients – stay on top of pest control!
It is common for some insects and pests to be hiding in the structure of your building, which you or your tenants won’t see. However, to be safe, even if you can’t see pests, you should still have the relevant tests conducted.
Without pest control, the pest infestation will grow and may become uncontrollable, ultimately, causing you to spend a lot more money than intended. To deal with this issue and nip it in the bud, make sure to conduct regular pest control tests.
4. Inspect Electrical Systems
The safety of your tenants is of utmost importance as a commercial building owner. To maintain safety and compliance, have an electrician test your wiring, appliances and other important areas. It is advisable for you to conduct such inspections every year by consulting a professional.
These inspections will identify any issues in your building’s electrical system, like electric shock risk, electrical fires, etc. Such problems can arise due to a number of reasons. For example, old and worn-out electric wires or circuits and overloaded systems are problematic. By identifying these problems, you take quick action to resolve them before they turn into potential dangers.
Furthermore, this step will keep your electrical system in tip top condition, reducing the chances of power cuts. The inspection of electrical systems is a very important aspect of building maintenance as it helps to keep the dangers at bay whilst reducing downtime.
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Don’t wait for a problem to arise, instead be proactive! Referring to this checklist will ensure that you’re minimising cost whilst maximising tenant satisfaction and retention. If you’re unsure where to start, speak to the experts at Gio!
The team at Gio Property Solutions are well-experienced in property maintenance and will ensure minimal disturbance to both the property and it’s tenants.
We are also one of the few EAS/iATS-approved testers in the UK for our air tightness testing and EPC certification solutions. To learn more about our services, you can visit our about us page or call us at 07510 060 669!