Energy Statements - Helping you to get the planning approval you need

So, what is an Energy Statement?

To put it simply, an Energy Statement is a document designed to outline the ways that you plan to reduce the CO2 emissions of your development. This is generally shown through the use of sustainable or renewable technologies such as photovoltaic panels and ground or air source heat pumps. It should present this information in a way that directly relates to the planning policies held by the local authority.

 

What does it do?

A professionally crafted Energy Statement will take the emissions figures from one, or several, SAP assessments. These will be initially modelled as per a standard design to meet current Building Regulations to provide a set of baseline figures and then again including the proposed sustainable technologies, therefore showing the proposed reduction in emissions.

 

Why is it needed?

The most current version of the London Plan requires all new developments within the London Boroughs to show a reduction of 35% in CO2 emissions over that of the 2013 Building Regulations limit. An Energy Statement will be required to demonstrate that this is achievable for your development.

 

This is not just 'a London thing' as with the introduction of the NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework), local authorities are now obligated to promote sustainable development. This means that they are often replicating the London Plan, setting CO2 reduction requirements ranging from 10-40%.

 

How we can help?

Our team of experienced assessors will liaise directly with your LPA (Local Planning Authority) to ascertain their particular requirements and policy.

 

A typical SAPSafe Energy Statement will follow the London Plans 'Be Lean, Be Clean, Be Green' framework and incorporate the following:

 

  • Baseline CO2 emissions and energy costs
  • 'Be Lean' - Identify proposed fabric and fitting upgrades that go over and above the current Building Regulation requirements
  • 'Be Clean' - Identify any possible connections to 'clean' energy sources such as district heating networks or on-site combined heat and power (CHP) technology
  • 'Be Green' - Include a feasibility study, looking at renewable energy technology such as photovoltaic panels and ground/air source heat pumps and showing the reductions that these will provide
  • A detailed summary of how the development will conform to the LPA's requirements and policy

 

Our goal is to ensure that our report gets your planning condition discharged in a timely and efficient manner.



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