When Do You Need an Energy Statement: Residential or Commercial Development

When you are building a new home or commercial property, an energy statement is often required. This blog post will discuss when an energy statement may be needed and what it includes in order to help guide your decision when considering whether or not to request one.

energy statementsAn energy statement can be requested when you are building a new home or commercial property. This is often required in order to get approval for your project from the local authorities so it would be necessary before beginning any construction work.

Energy statements are used by both residential and commercial developers alike, but they differ slightly depending on who requires them. You may be asked to submit an Energy Statement with your planning application to your local planning authority from the outset of the project process.

What An Energy Statement Should Be Used For

The purpose of an energy statement is to demonstrate that a building’s design takes climate change mitigation measures into account. It is achieved after an energy evaluation. The objective is to limit carbon emissions and achieve zero-carbon requirements. People obtain energy statements for the express purpose of assisting them in achieving their energy objectives.

In the UK, energy statements are required for all new buildings from July 2019. They will be necessary if a building is being opened or has been newly built after this date. In certain cases, converting existing properties into another use may also require an Energy Statement to support your planning application.

When preparing an Energy Statement for a commercial development it is important to first identify the energy objectives of your project. These may include:

– Meeting carbon reduction targets

– Compatibility with an existing scheme or neighbourhood

– Maximising operational efficiency and minimising running costs for building owners.

An Energy Statement is best prepared by a qualified Chartered Engineer who has experience of preparing these assessments on commercial projects where energy is a main consideration.

An energy statement should be part of the Environmental Statement but can also stand alone as a separate document if requested by either your Local Planning Authority or an Energy Assessor appointed for this purpose under the NHER system.

Once you have identified and included all energy objectives it s important to analyse current energy use on site and consider energy reduction measures, this should be followed by a full energy statement.

A simple energy assessment can often follow the same format as outlined above and is an effective way of ensuring that energy efficiency has been considered during design or refurbishment phases of any project. This could form part of a pre application process but it does not have to be if energy efficiency is not a key design consideration.

A full energy statement or energy assessment should be carried out on any new development, refurbishment of an existing building and where there are energy efficient measures already installed in place that need to be taken into account during the project. In these cases it would likely form part of your pre application process with your Local Planning Authority.

To find out more information please contact us at Complete Sustainability Solutions on 0161 706 0298 or email office@completesustainability.co.uk with any enquiries.