If you're building a new property either for yourself or for a client, you should always invest in an SBEM calculation. Read on to find what out an SBEM calculation is, and why it could benefit both you and your new build.
What are SBEM calculations?
An SBEM calculation is an inspection that can be used to calculate the energy usage and efficiency of both new buildings and extensions on an existing building. An SBEM calculation - which stands for Simplified Building Energy Model - is a method approved by the government to evaluate the required amount of energy to cool down, heat up, light, and ventilate a property.
How could investing in an SBEM calculation benefit you?
There are many reasons you should hire a company to carry out an SBEM calculation. For one, there is a push in most industries, including construction, to become more eco-friendly and sustainable. If the new build is commercial or for a company, then having an energy-efficient property will earn favour among target audiences. Not only this, but an energy-efficient building can save you money in the long run, as it will cost less to heat up in the winter and keep cool in the summer.
How is an SBEM calculation carried out?
A new build is assessed across a 12-month period of "normal usage". This is in order to provide an accurate energy-consumption reading, thus giving the most accurate results. The construction type of the build and its level of carbon dioxide emission are both taken into consideration. Of the former point, factors such as the U-values for windows, walls, floors, and roofs are all considered. As previously mentioned, the building's heating, ventilation and water systems are all analysed too.
The calculation is completed in two parts; the design stage, and the 'as-built' stage. The design stage of SBEM calculations is carried out to ensure that your building plans meet Part L compliance - it would cost you so much time, money, and resources if you begin building and haven't met these requirements!
The second stage of an SBEM calculation, the 'as-built' phase, must be carried out in order for an EPC and a certificate of completion to be given.
For all of your SBEM and SAP calculations, ESOS consultations and audits, and for advice regarding Part L building compliance and Section 6 building compliance, get in touch with Elmhurst Energy Consultancy today.