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Statements

Energy statements are reports showing the reduction of carbon emissions of the proposed project based on the required planning policies or planning conditions, We have completed projects across the UK from small residential schemes to large multi-use projects, achieving the required C02 reductions in the most cost-effective & site appropriate manner. If your project has been set a condition to provide an energy statement to show the reductions in carbon emissions, have a chat with one of our consultants to discuss your requirements.

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Energy Statements​

Local Authorities are implementing strategies to lower the Carbon Emissions for developments across the UK, percentage improvements on Building regulations such as 19,25 & 35% can be set as a condition for the carbon emissions for your project. An energy statement will review the most feasible option and satisfy the planning condition.

 

What We Do

To complete an Energy Statement, we will review the baseline carbon emissions rates for the dwellings/commercial properties, this is based on Standards set out in Building Regulations, Once the baseline figures have been determined we will work with you to provide a comprehensive specification to achieve the require % reduction. This could be by reviewing heating/renewable/fabric/ventilation/glazing elements for the build.

We work with our clients to ensure that the carbon emission reduction is achieved in the most cost-effective and suitable manner for the specific development requirements.

Why Use Vision Energy?

Vision Energy has worked on thousands of projects across the UK and always ensure that the client’s requirements come first, we understand that each development is individual and comes with its own challenges, with this in mind we take the stress out of the additional requirements that have been set on the carbon emissions by taking care of every aspect of the energy statement for you.

Need an Energy Statement for your project? Here’s what we would need to assist further;

  • Architectural Plans
  • Build Specification
  • M&E Specification
  • Planning condition details

Don’t have specifications yet? we will be more than happy to assist in putting together a cost-effective specification for your project.

 

 

Vision are more than happy to assist you on all aspects from planning to building control sign off, get in touch to talk to one of our technical team about your project today


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So what are energy statements?

Energy statements are utilised to show how your proposed development is to achieve the required reductions to carbon emissions. The local authority may set policies on how much they are looking for your development to reduce its overall carbon emissions, or the planning officer may set the reduction on a project by project basis. An Energy statement should outline how these reductions are to be achieved through the use of the energy hierarchy, This covers the use of energy efficiency measures, on-site generation, and/or renewable technologies. we have set out each stage of the energy hierarchy below to assist you in designing your project in line with the local authorities’ guidance.

Energy Efficiency Measures – BE LEAN

Use Less Energy, policies dictate that a ‘fabric first’ approach must be taken, this is to ensure that the development is minimising the amount of energy used through high levels of insulation, glazing, and airtightness of the development.

Supply energy efficiently – BE CLEAN

This step is used to explore the option for the development to be supplied by either decentralised energy systems or Combined Heat & Power (CHP), this is an optional step depending on the availability of connection to a decentralised system or the overall energy demand for the project.

Renewable Technologies – BE GREEN

The final step in the production of an energy statement is to review the use of renewable technology within the development to achieve the required carbon reductions dictated by the local & national policies. Technologies that are normally reviewed for feasibility include Solar PV, Solar Thermal, Air Source Heat Pump, Ground Source Heat Pump, Biomass & Wind turbines.

The London Plan & Zero-carbon Homes

The London plan dictates that new developments must demonstrate a C02 emissions reduction of 35% below the minimum Building Regulations (Part L 2013), it also states that the above be lean, be clean & be green methodology should be followed.

Within the London plan, the zero-carbon homes policy is outlined. All major developments that are submitted to planning after the 1st of October 2016 will be required to be zero-carbon, This means that any regulated carbon emissions that are not reduced through the design of the development (Be lean, Be clean, Be green) must be off-set through a cash in lieu contribution to the relevant borough. Currently, the Carbon Off-set price is set at £60 per tonne of carbon dioxide for 30 years. As an example, if a development meets the 35% reduction criteria through the use of the above method, they would then have to calculate the number of tonnes to make up the remaining 65% for the development to be zero-carbon.

How can I ensure I meet the required emissions reductions?

firstly, engaging a consultant early on in the design process will allow you to look into the different options on how to ensure compliance and satisfy the local authorities requirements. It is always best to follow the steps outlined above when you are looking to meet the reductions in the most cost-effective manner, therefore designing the thermal elements of your project is a great starting point. Once the design has been completed we would recommend utilising the services of both an energy consultant and an MEP Consultant if possible to ensure that you can review options for the heating and cooling of the project in the most effective manner. Finally considering renewable technology from the initial stages will ensure that the technology can be designed into the project efficiently and can satisfy the council’s requirements.

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