SBEM Calculations for Scotland

SBEM Calculations for Scotland 

The technical guidance provided by Section 6 of Scottish Building Standards requires that a Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) calculation is completed to ensure compliance  for new build commercial projects .

Elmhurst Energy Consultancy uses approved section 6 software to calculate carbon emissions as well as the energy performance of commercial properties for compliance with Building Standards. We can also use SBEM Calculations to produce a non-domestic Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) required when marketing a property for sale or let. 


Why are SBEM Calculations Required? 

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009, aims to substantially reduce emissions by 2050. One way this can be achieved is through the design, specification and construction of energy efficient/ low carbon buildings.

Section 6 of the Scottish Building Standards ensures that new commercial buildings use effective measures for better energy performance (conservation of fuel and power). This can be addressed during the building design and construction stage, where steps can be taken to minimise the building's energy and fuel costs.

An SBEM Calculation is undertaken to determine the CO2 emissions for new commercial buildings in compliance with Section 6. In order for a new building to comply, the Building Emission Rate (BER) must not exceed the Target Emission Rate (TER) which is taken from a notional building of the same type, shape and size. 


When is an SBEM Calculation required? 

Most new commercial buildings over 50m will require an SBEM Calculation for Building Standards compliance. Buildings that are unheated, temporary or a place of worship do not require any calculations.

An SBEM Calculation is required before a property is built (at Design Stage) and after construction (As-Built). More information regarding the requirements at each stage are linked below.

Design Stage and As-Built SBEM Calculations >   

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