The big voices in society are becoming increasingly aware of the environmental impact our actions are all having.
As a Sustainability Consultant who is passionate about reducing our collective carbon footprint – one build at a time – this news is music to my ears
One of the current energy requirements that
Planning applications are encouraged to use updated (SAP 10) carbon emission factors to adequately assess the anticipated carbon performance of their development. This means electrical heating has become much more feasibile
So, what is an energy assessment?
The primary purpose of an energy assessment is to demonstrate that climate change mitigation measures have been fully integrated into a scheme’s design and
Essentially, you need to be able to prove that you are adhering to the London Plan energy policies and that your development is conscious of its environmental impact and is designed in a way to minimise this as much as possible
Why is this important?
The London Plan has a major
As a thriving, busy city, London poses
By having a structured energy assessment that all major developments in our capital city need to adhere to, we can lay the paving stones for the rest of the country to follow suit.
Policy 5.2 is continuously evolving. It’s important to stay up to date with its changes.
You can access guidance from the GLA on how to prepare for your energy assessment as an accompaniment to a strategic planning application. You’ll need to demonstrate how your development will match the targets for regulated CO2 emission reduction over and above 2013 Building Regulations.
The most recent updates to the policy also highlight:
- Planning applications are encouraged to use updated (SAP 10) carbon emission factors to adequately assess the anticipated carbon performance of their development.
The latest CIBSE TM59 overheating guidance should be used for all residential planning applications.
- There are updated information requirements for those proposing to install heat pumps and CHP. This includes clarification on when CHP is appropriate.
- There is now also an appendix containing the current emission limits for heating and energy plant.
Ultimately it all comes down to their three key goals for the London community; to be lean (use less energy), clean (supply energy efficiently) and green (use renewable energy).
Which sounds pretty nifty to us