The more energy efficient the building is, the lower the overall energy consumption will be. Which in turn lowers the CO2 emission rates for the building.
Residential buildings tend to focus more on creating the most efficient building fabric, to cut down on the need for constant heating. While commercial units are more affected by heating, cooling, ventilation systems and lighting with all the relevant building services.
For some building uses, the client will need to specify exactly how they are planning to ventilate and light the building. With the right design considerations, some of this can be naturally occurring, which will help in reducing emissions.
During the design stages of the development, the energy assessor will carry out SBEM calculations. These will comply with Part L England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Section 6 Scotland. Once the design is achieving compliance, the build can commence. Further calculations are then carried out at as built stage once the property is ready for completion.
The As built stage is essentially just confirmation that the design has been carried out as specified and that no deviations have been made.
If alterations have been carried out then they will be modelled in. But this may affect whether the calculation still achieves a pass. The property cannot be issued with and energy performance certificate (EPC) until the SBEM calculation is passing the required targets.
Peak Acoustics have a dedicated team of Professional Energy Assessors with many years of experience in commercial, domestic and industrial energy assessment work.
If you would like to discuss your requirements, talk to our energy team by calling 0330 043 1764