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EPS Group provide client focused Energy Statements to support planning applications for both domestic and commercial developments throughout the UK.

 

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What is an Energy Statement?

An Energy Statement is a report that an increasing number of Local Planning Authorities require to be submitted with planning applications to show how local low carbon or renewable energy targets will be met within the proposed development if Planning Permission is granted.

Local policies vary significantly between different Planning Authorities, however common targets require the Energy Statement to show how the proposed development will achieve a 10%, 20% or 35% reduction in regulated Carbon Dioxide emissions in comparison to with the current edition of Part L of the Building Regulations.

It is also commonplace for Council’s to insist on the installation of low carbon or renewable technologies within a development that are capable of generating a minimum amount of energy at a localised level.

Why appoint EPS Group?

Regardless of whether your Energy Statement is required for a residential, a commercial or a mixed-use development, we will do our utmost to devise a proposal that meets the requirements of the local planning authority whilst also focusing on maintaining the commercial viability of the scheme.

There are many benefits in appointing EPS Group us to provide an Energy Statement for your development including:

  • Our highly experienced Energy Consultants have completed hundreds of Energy Statements for clients throughout the UK for developments of all sizes and within a variety of sectors.
  • We target low cost improvements that are capable of achieving significant reductions in carbon emissions before considering the use of low carbon or renewable technologies.
  • We work in the interests of our clients as oppose to those of the Local Planning Authority. Where local planning policies are poorly written, we will look to exploit loopholes or weaknesses to reduce or limit our clients costs.
  • When producing Energy Statements, we always have future Part L compliance in mind. We therefore ensure that all of our recommendations will satisfy both the local planning authority’s requirements and any future Building Regulation obligations.
  • Our Multidisciplined Team provides a range of new build services including SAP Calculations and SBEM Calculations which are usually required within an Energy Statement.
  • We understand that the need for an Energy Statement can often be overlooked when preparing a Planning Application. We can therefore often provide an expedited service if a deadline in pending.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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.

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