SAP – Standard Assessment Procedure
SAP is adopted by government as part of the UK national methodology for calculation of the energy performance of buildings. It is used to demonstrate compliance with building regulations for dwellings – Part L (England and Wales), Section 6 (Scotland) and Part F (Northern Ireland) – and to provide energy ratings for dwellings.
From 6 April 2008 it is law to provide an Energy Performance Certificate for all new and newly built homes that are completed after that date. Regulations have been made under sections 58B and 58C of Finance Act 2003 to permit relief from Stamp Duty Land Tax for zero-carbon new homes. First the dwelling CO2 emissions are calculated as for building regulations compliance. The calculations are then continued as described in the document “SAP 2005 extension for SDLT”. The conditions for SDLT relief are:
- The heat loss parameter must be no greater than 0.8 W/m?K.
- The DER must be no greater than zero.
- The net CO2 emissions must be no greater than zero.
When is an SAP Calculations required?
SAP Calculations are a Building Regulations requirement for all new residential developments, conversions and some extensions. The Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) is a measure of the energy efficiency of a property and is the calculation from which an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is generated.
SAP Calculations For Several Building Types:
- New build.
- Conservatories – Highly Glazed Extension with more than 25% glazing-to-floor ratio.
- Barn conversion.
- Commercial to domestic conversions.
- Conversion of a single dwelling into flats or apartments.
As qualified SAP Assessors we can provide you with a Predicted Energy Assessment (PEA) at design stage, which can be submitted direct to Building Control. Upon completion of the building work, we can update the calculations with any necessary changes and provide you with the as built stage SAP compliance report.
U Value Calculations
U values form a key part of the SAP calculations and detailed evidence of the figures used is required. If you are unable to calculate your own u values then we can do this for you, provided we have the full specification of the thermal element.
SAP Calculation Procedure:
Design Stage – Building Control require a Design Stage SAP Calculation to be submitted with your Building Regulations Application.
- Review Your Plans & Specification & Make Any Recommendations.
- Provide Guidance To Achieve A Pass.
- We Guarantee A Pass Based On Our Recommendation.
- SAP Design & Compliance Advice
- Design Stage SAP Calculations.
- Predicted Energy Certificate.
- U-value Calculations.
- Supply All Documents To Meet Your Deadlines.
Built Stage – Building Control require an As-built Stage SAP Calculation and EPC when the building is completed.
Once construction is complete and the final details have been confirmed, the assessor finalises the SAP calculation and creates the Energy Performance Certificate. The EPC provides a rating of energy performance based upon the dwelling as it has been built. The EPC must, by law, be displayed in a new dwelling put up for sale on the open market.
In addition there are other documents that are required by Building Control such as the SAP worksheet report and the SAP data input report. The assessor will provide all of these documents to the client to pass on to their Building Control officer to enable the completion to be signed off. The exact process here depends upon the location of your building as the system is different is some parts of the UK.
Information required to produce a SAP Calculation.
- Site address and postcode.
- Site plan to include orientation of the dwelling(s).
- Plans of each storey, normally at 1:100 scale.
- Elevations drawings for each elevation.
- Sectional drawings of the dwelling.
- A written specification which must include:
- Details of the principal heating and hot water system to include make and model of boiler, details of heating emitters, hot water cylinder size (if applicable) and the system controls.
- Details of any secondary heating system present.
- Details of ventilation systems.
- Details of the internal and external lighting.
- Details of the construction of all different floors to the property to include type and thicknesses of insulation and any other building products used.
- Details of the construction of all different external walls to the property to include type and thicknesses of insulation and other building products used.
- Details of the construction of all different roofs to the property to include type and thicknesses of insulation and other building products used.
- Details of the doors and windows to include sizes, type of frame, type of glazing, thickness of glazing, any low emissivity applications.
- Details of any renewable technologies utilised such as ground source heat pumps, solar water heating or photovoltaic.
Building regulations are minimum standards for design, construction and alterations to virtually every building, not supplying the SAP calculation, building control will not authorise your project to commence work on site.
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SBEM – Simplified Building Energy Model
What is SBEM?
For all non-residential properties in the UK, Simplified Building Energy Modelling helps to identify how energy-efficient buildings are. Building control and project managers must show prospective owners what they can expect from potential energy use.
Working in line with BER/TER, or carbon emissions targets, this assessment will ensure that a building is compliant and safe to use. If you are in charge of a commercial building project for non-residential purposes whether it be a new build, conversion or extension, it is time to arrange a SBEM Calculation.
Complete EPC works in line with both the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) and National Calculation Methodology (NCM) to ensure that all readings are above board.
When is an SBEM Calculation required?
Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) calculations are required for all newly built commercial & industrial structures.
You will need them in order to satisfy building regulations, without an SBEM assessment you won’t be allowed to begin work on your site.
As time goes on standards for energy efficiency are becoming higher and so it is vital that your new building is well insulated and has the most efficient heating, lighting and ventilation systems.
Design Stage – Building Control require a Design Stage SBEM Calculation to be submitted with your Building Regulations Application. Without the SBEM Calculation, Building Control will not allow the project to start on site.
As-built Stage – Building Control require an As-built Stage SBEM Calculation and EPC when the building is completed. Without this info it is unlikely that the building will achieve Final Building Control approval.
Alongside SBEM it is also possible to undertake DSM (Dynamic Simulation Modelling) on new commercial buildings. DSM offers greater flexibility and more accuracy and is normally used for larger more complex buildings.
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