Many local authorities will expect an energy statement to be provided with a planning application. An Energy Statement demonstrates how a development will meet local energy and sustainability policies.
This Energy Statement will usually demonstrate how the developer will address specific local objectives, like CO2 emissions or renewable energy targets. This may be achieved with efficient fabric (construction), efficient heating, ventilation and lighting, and the use of renewable technologies.
For more detailed advice check out our blog article on Energy Statements
Why Us for Your Energy Statement?
Build Energy always provide bespoke statements and reporting. We will always ensure that we are producing a document which will not only satisfy those local planning policies, but also provide a key working document for your design and construction teams throughout the build.
An Energy Statement should act as a valuable, accurate and true working document which can inform decision making, enable cost analysis and aid planning. We will usually look to carry out early stage SAP Calculations or SBEM Calculations which will form the basis of our study.
SAP and SBEM calculations are also required for all new build or conversion schemes to satisfy building regulations, and so can be submitted to building control later in the process.
A typical Energy Statement would be expected to demonstrate:
- Baseline ‘standard’ case CO2 emissions and energy costs
- Improvements to fabric efficiency beyond building regs standards
- Improvements to HVAC and lighting efficiency beyond building regs standards
- How the development will meet CO2 reductions with renewable technology
- Renewables feasibility study
- How the development will meet local energy plans and policies
- How the development will make use of local power and renewables networks
There may also be other unique, local policies to address in your particular council.
Build Energy will take time to look at your requirements, speak to your planning department if required, and understand local policy before making a proposal. We may for example find that the energy statement is required as part of a Design and Access statement, or perhaps to accompany a broader Sustainability Report.