About BPC Surveys
About Karl Fletcher
A Chartered Building Surveyor with over thirty years of experience in the profession. My career started in the private sector as a graduate Building Surveyor in Liverpool in 1988 where I obtained an excellent grounding in building surveys, project management and dilapidations work. I have worked as a buildings claims loss adjuster and spent a period of 10 years working in building maintenance management in retail and leisure businesses.
I worked in the field of New Home Building Warranties for a period of six years and expanded my knowledge of building defects and good building practice in housing. I became a Director of the business and promoted a range of professional and testing services to new homes developers. As a passionate believer in the need to respond to climate change and especially this industry, I improved my knowledge of sustainable building issues by completing an MSc in Sustainable Building Performance and Design.
I have also worked in the Public Sector fulfilling the role of a District Surveyor for a County Council for a period of six years and during this time I completed a professional doctorate in the Built Environment at Salford University. Fully self funding and studying on a part time basis I carried out research and wrote a thesis on the merits of considering building performance closely with building condition to improve the asset management process.
About BPC Surveys
The focus of this business is to carry out Building Surveying work to an excellent standard at affordable fees and to promote the benefit of examining Building Performance and Condition together. Also promoting the use of this approach in making improvements to our built environment and to the in the quality of the lives of people today and for future generations. Building performance evaluation techniques continue to develop and the technology continues to improve and become more readily available for us to measure the quality of the environment within the buildings in which we live and work.
The change for our built environment will require commitment to produce high quality buildings by refurbishing and upgrading existing building stock as well as by building new very low carbon buildings. Therefore all surveys should look to account for the provision or enhancement of these factors as we work towards finding a way to reduce the burden upon our planet from the built environment in the way that we occupy and use it.
The starting point is to consider the overall condition and where we find defects or areas in need of improvement we must look to correct these with an ambition to improve the sustainability and usability. The added incentive is that measures to improve sustainability often involve reduced running costs by investing in energy improvements which have reasonable payback periods.
We must not forget that the EPC is only a compliance tool and cannot be relied upon to provide us with accurate energy data but is a simple guide comparing the subject house against a notional property. The EPC is a starting point from which to look to develop a sustainability strategy for the property by examining in detail the issues that it highlights.
Dr Karl Fletcher BSc MSc DBEnv MRICS
If you are interested in any of the services outlined above, or would like to speak to us for any reason, please contact us using the messaging service below or contact Karl Fletcher directly on 07904 417 530.