London Plan – Energy & Sustainability Statements

lp coverThe London Plan

This enormous set of documents sets the agenda for Greater London’s spatial development between now and 2031. There are many ways that these policies can impact your build inside the capital. You can follow the latest news on changes to the rules here.

Energy Statements for the London Plan

Developers in London must show how they will reduce emissions and energy use at planning stage with an Energy Statement. This is broken down into four steps:

  • Baseline Emissions – The most you can get away with under the Building Regulations.
  • Be Lean – A ‘fabric first’ approach to reducing the carbon footprint, through greater insulation, air tightness and thermal bridging.
  • Be Clean – Specifying heating and cooling equipment for the development and reducing energy demand through more efficient services. Heat networks and CHP are also explored if possible.
  • Be Green – On site renewable energy generation is explored.

Major developments must reduce carbon emissions by at least 35% on site following these steps. For minor schemes and conversions, targets may vary by Borough.

Energy StatementThe London Plan and Zero Carbon Homes

From October 2016, major schemes in London will also need to achieve Zero Carbon emissions. An Energy Statement will be used to demonstrate compliance. This can either be achieved on site or through off site solutions and payments.

Why Build Energy?

Build Energy always provide bespoke reporting. This means we can 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 local authority or borough.

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.

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