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Display Energy Certificates (DEC)

Compliance and Assessments

EPC Commercial Energy Performance Certificate

Section 63 Assessment, Advice & Action Plans

Simplified Building Energy Model Calculations

Standard Assessment Procedure Methodology

All new residential buildings including some conversions and extensions now require a SAP assessment as part of the building warrant application. SAP assessments are used to determine if the proposed development complies with local buildings regulations on energy efficiency.

What To Know

SAP Calculations

All new buildings including some Conversions and extensions now require a SAP rating prior to the building stage. The SAP assessment is used to determine if the complies to local buildings regulations for energy efficiency.

Various parts of the UK follow their own buildings regulations with energy efficiency guidance detailed in the following sections;

  • ‘Part L’ for England and Wales
  • ‘Section 6’ for Scotland
  • ‘Part F’ for Northern Ireland

SAP works by assessing how much energy a dwelling will consume, when delivering a defined level of comfort and service provision. The assessment is based on standardised assumptions for occupancy and behaviour. This enables a like-for-like comparison of new dwelling performance against a target building of the same size and shape.

Related factors, such as fuel costs and emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), can be determined from the assessment. SAP quantifies a dwelling’s performance in terms of:

  • Energy use per unit floor area
  • A fuel-cost-based energy efficiency rating (the SAP Rating) and
  • CO2 emissions (the Environmental Impact Rating).

These indicators of performance are based on estimates of annual energy consumption for the provision of space heating, domestic hot water, lighting and ventilation.

Other SAP outputs include estimate of appliance energy use, the potential for overheating in summer and the resultant cooling load.

We would recommend that the SAP assessment is undertaken early in the design process, this will help to prevent any costly re-design of the dwelling.

Desktop exercise

A SAP assessment for a new dwelling is a desktop exercise, the client or their designer start by submitting a full set of drawings, plans and the full specifications of the development.

the following is a full list of the information and data required.

  • 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 with 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 photovoltaics.

So why come to us?

Well, when you instruct Scottish Energy Services to carry out your SAP assessment, you will receive a number of benefits:

  • Hiring a team with experience and knowledge of the industry, therefore meaning that you get a seamless and professional SAP calculation.
  • Rather than provide a Pass or Fail result, we will be able to advice on how to make sure the development complies with building regulations in the most cost effective way for you.
  • All SAP calculations can be done remotely without the need for us to visit your site therefore causing the minimum of disruption to you and your site contractor.

We Are the Leading Provider of Energy and Sustainability consultancy in Scotland.

We primarily cover Scotland however, we are fully accredited to operate across the UK. Our team of experienced assessors and consultants supporting organisations from the design stage to the completion process with straightforward cost-effective advice.

EPC Commercial Energy Performance Certificate

If you’re selling or creating a new lease for your commercial building, you must display a Commercial EPC certificate. Fines for non-compliance can be up to £5000. We can complete your EPC certificate and get it on the commercial EPC register for Scotland within 48 hours.

Simplified Building Energy Model Calculations

SBEM calculations must be carried out as part of the Building Warrant applications for almost all commercial buildings. We’ll help you prepare for your submission and make sure the development complies with Section 6 of the Scottish building regulations.

Section 63 Assessment, Advice & Action Plans

If your property is over 1000sqm in size and was built prior to 2002, then it may be subject to the new Scottish Section 63 Legislation. We can guild you through the entire compliance process.

Standard Assessment Procedure Methodology

All new residential buildings including some conversions and extensions now require a SAP assessment as part of the building warrant application. SAP assessments are used to determine if the proposed development complies with local buildings regulations on energy efficiency.

ESOS Compliance and Energy Audits

Participants must ensure that at least 90% of their total energy use is subject to ESOS Energy Audits or an alternative route to compliance. For the purposes of ESOS the areas of energy usage which cumulatively meet 90% of total energy consumption are referred to as ‘areas of significant energy use’. Other areas of energy consumption will not require an audit.

Display Energy Certificates (DEC)

A Display Energy Certificate (DEC) displays the energy performance of a building over a 12 month period, based on the operational rating, on a scale from A to G. The DEC may be accompanied by an advisory report which outlines how the organisation can reduce their energy consumption.

Understanding Section 63 in Scotland

If you own commercial property in Scotland and you want to sell it or create a new lease, you’re subject to Section 63 legislation. We’ve created this free guide to explain what that means for you, and help you meet your responsibilities under the law. It tells you who’s affected, how to meet legislative requirements, which options are open to you and the likely costs. Please feel free to download and keep for reference.

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