The 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.
Energy Statements for the London Plan
Developers in London must show how they will reduce emissions and energy use in any proposed scheme. This must be addressed within the planning application in the form of an Energy Statement.
The statement must follow a predefined approach and so broadly follows four steps to illustrate how carbon emissions are being reduced throughout the design phase:
- Baseline Emissions – The current requirements under the Building Regulations
- Be Lean – A ‘fabric first’ approach to reducing the carbon footprint firtly 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. Connection to heat networks and CHP plant must also be explored
- Be Green – Finally 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.
The London Plan and Zero Carbon Homes
Since October 2016, major schemes in London have had 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.
For more information on the Zero Carbon Homes requirements see our recent blog articles.
Why Build Energy?
At BE we’ve worked on schemes across most of the London Boroughs. Whilst the GLA guidance does give some much needed consistency there still remain many nuances, local requirements and a differing approaches. We always provide bespoke reporting to meet your boroughs local policy – this ensures the best chance of success for your application whilst maintaining an economic and commercially viable scheme.
Our approach means that we can produce reporting 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.
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 to accompany a broader Sustainability Statement.
Would you like to discuss your project?
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