SAP, SBEM, Predictive Energy Assessments and On-Construction Energy Assessments

Building and Planning regulations now require conversions and new build properties to reach certain target levels of energy usage, carbon emissions and sound proofing.

Pali provide all of the reports required throughout this process, from the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) required at the planning stage of residential developments, or Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) for Commercial right through to the Energy Certificate, Air and Sound tests required at the end required for Building Control compliance, with Predictive Energy Assessments in the middle if the property is to be marketed off plan. Pali will also give advice if required of how best to comply with the councils demands.

Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP)

The reason why a Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) is carried out is because it’s a way of assessing and comparing the energy and environmental performance of dwellings and it provides an accurate and reliable assessment that’s needed to underpin energy and environmental policy initiatives.

SAP works by assessing how much energy a dwelling may consume and how much Carbon Dioxide (CO2) it will emit in delivering a defined level of comfort and service provision, based on standardised tenancy circumstances.

SAP was developed by the Building Research Establishment for the former Department of the Environment in 1992 to help deliver energy efficient policies. The SAP methodology provides a framework for calculating the energy consumption of a dwelling. If a property is a zero carbon home, then it will be exempt from Stamp Duty and this is found out by the SAP test.

Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM)

SBEM is used for non domestic buildings in support of the National Calculation Methodology and the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. The tool is to help determine the Carbon Dioxide emission rates for new buildings and it is also used to generate Energy Performance Certificates for non-domestic buildings in construction, for sale or let.

SBEM was developed for the Department for Communities and Local Government and is a default application to implement Building Regulations compliance checks. A compliance document is produced at this point as well as ratings from A – G where A is the most energy efficient grade and G is the least energy efficient grade.

Predictive Energy Assessments

Predicted Energy Assessments are for new homes which are unfinished before being marketed. Normally, when a home is designed, a “target energy rating” which is based on the design and is produced to show a building inspector that the property will meet requirements under Part L of the Building Regulations. The final energy performance of the property must achieve at least this target energy rating to receive its sign-off from the building inspector.

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