Proposed Equestrian Facility, Havering-atte-Bower
What is included within an Energy Statement?
Reports typically include the following components:
- Baseline energy calculations for the proposed development (SAP & SBEM Calculations)
- Proposals for improved fabric thermal efficiencies
- Proposals for improved heating, hot water, ventilation and lighting efficiencies
- A review of the location of any local district heat networks
- A site specific feasibility study into the potential use of different renewable or low carbon technologies
- Predicted energy calculations (SAP & SBEM Calculations) for the development demonstrating compliance with the local low carbon planning conditions
How are Energy Statements Used?
The Energy Statement should be submitted to the Local Planning Authority in order to demonstrate compliance with their local low carbon or renewable energy targets will be satisfied.
If Planning Permission is then granted, the report should be further utilised by the Design Team as they devise the final build specification for the development. This will help to ensure that the completed development actually achieves the proposals submitted to the Planning Authority, who may have imposed conditions which will need to be discharged upon completion.
In support of the above process, EPS Group are able to providing updated SAP or SBEM calculations for Building Control applications as well as Air Leakage Testing and On Construction Energy Performance Certificates upon completion of the build.
Are there any tips for Energy Satements?
- Energy statements generally require developments to exceed the current requirements of Part L of the Building Regulations. Applicants should therefore expect to adopt enhanced build specifications in order to satisfy the Local Planning Authority’s requirements.
- Each Local Planning Authority has different requirements for Energy Statements based upon their adopted low carbon and renewable planning policies. The Design Team should therefore seek to address these requirements as early as possible with the design process in order to avoid any unnecessary costs associated with redesigns or the re-submission of planning applications.
- Adopting certain low or zero carbon technologies within a development can avoid the need to connect to a mains gas supply. In some instances this can provide a substantial cost saving which may offset the recommendations detailed within the Energy Statement.
- When devising the design recommendations / proposals within an Energy Statement, an experienced Energy Consultant can save a developer substantial sums of money through reduced material and technology costs. It is therefore essential that the Design Team are confident that the consultant that they appoint will represent their clients best interests.