All new commercial buildings require
an energy assessment to be carried out at the "Design" stage and
submitted with your building control submission. When your building is complete
the building control officer will need confirmation of the "As built"
calculations in order to sign off the building. We use Carbon Checker and
Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) software to achieve this and can
provide solutions to help you comply with building regulations.
SBEM is a software tool used for non domestic buildings in support of the
National Calculation Methodology (NCM), the Energy Performance of Buildings
Directive (EPBD) and the Green Deal.
The tool is currently used to determine CO2 emission rates for new buildings
in compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations (England
and Wales) and equivalent Regulations in Scotland, Northern Ireland, the Republic
of Ireland and Jersey. It is also used to generate Energy Performance Certificates
for non-domestic buildings on construction and at the point of sale or rent.
Without an SBEM assessment, you simply won't be allowed to start work on site
and we recommend that where SBEM assessments are required you get the calculations
done before specifying materials and M&E systems. In some cases Local Authorities
may require you to go beyond an SBEM with an Energy or BREEAM statement aswell.
Whatever your project's specifics, we can help to make sure you tick the Part
L box from start to finish. And don't forget that commercial conversions and extensions
may need SBEM calculations too.