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The London Plan – Energy & Sustainability Statements

The London Plan sets the agenda for Greater London’s spatial development between now and 2031.

The policies within the document can significantly impact the way you build inside the capital. 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.

Energy Statements for the London Plan

Battersea Power Station Heat Network

Waste heat from Battersea Power Station once powered London’s first Heat Network

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 through greater insulation, air tightness and thermal bridging
  • Be Clean – Specifying heating and cooling equipment 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?

We’ve worked on schemes across the vast majority of London Boroughs. Whilst the GLA guidance does give some much needed consistency, there still remain local nuances and a varied set of 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.

The process and document itself should help inform decision making, enable cost analysis and reduce risk. It should also be an opportunity to maximise sustainable design right from the start. 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.

BE 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.

You can download our FREE London Plan infographic below. This is based on our own BE research and recent projects, and details offset fees for developers in London.

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"We have been working with BE on numerous projects, as they provide us with a great level of service. The solutions provided as part of the planning and building regs process are always cost efficient and realistic which benefits our clients. When it comes to the construction phase, the site assistance provided by BE in relation to the air and sound testing is always well received from our appointed contractors."

Ian Forster
- Union Architecture

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