Energy Statements

Energy Statements

In an attempt to combat Climate Change, many Local Planning Authorities now require the submission of an Energy Statement as part of the planning application.

Energy Statements are often required to demonstrate how the development will achieve a reduction in energy demand or a reduction in CO2 emissions over and above the minimum standard of the Building Regulations. Alternatively, the Energy Statement may need to demonstrate that a certain level of energy demand will be met by low or zero carbon technology.

For example, proposed developments that fall within one of London’s 33 Boroughs may be required to submit an Energy Statement to comply with Policy 5.2 of The London Plan.


How Energytest can help

One fully-inclusive fee covering:

  • A review of the relevant Planning policies / conditions.
  • Provision of an Energy Statement consistent with the requirements of your Local Planning Authority.
  • SAP and SBEM calculations in support of the Energy Statement.
  • Calculation of the required specification and/or size of renewable technologies.
  • All the consultancy required to ensure every development achieves compliance.

Single-source-solution. As well as providing an Energy Statement for Planning, we can also provide the following services for Building Regulations compliance:

New developments must demonstrate how they will reduce regulated CO2 emissions to a level that is 35% below the minimum requirements of the 2013 Building Regulations. To do this, developers must submit an Energy Statement that presents results in accordance with the energy hierarchy: be lean, be clean, be green.

Be Lean

Use less energy: In the first instance developers must optimise the building fabric, glazing, and structure to minimise energy consumption. This would include specifying low U-values and good levels of air tightness, as well as ensuring that active systems run as energy efficiently as possible.

Be Clean

Supply energy efficiently: Developers must further reduce carbon emissions through the use of high efficiency systems, decentralised energy or combined heat and power (CHP).

Be Green

Use renewable energy: When the above design measures have been reasonably exhausted, developers must seek to supply energy through renewable sources. For example, photovoltaic panels.

Reductions in CO2 emissions at each stage of the energy hierarchy will be calculated using the Government approved methodology (SAP for dwellings and SBEM for commercial), and presented to the Local Planning Authority in the form of an Energy Statement.

The London Plan requires all major developments submitted to Planning after 1 October 2016 to be zero carbon. This means that any remaining regulated carbon dioxide emissions, to 100 per cent, are to be off-set through a cash in lieu contribution to the relevant borough. These cash contributions will be ring fenced to secure delivery of carbon dioxide savings elsewhere. The carbon off-set price is currently £60 per tonne of carbon dioxide for a period of 30 years.

What our clients say:

“Energytest were a pleasure to work with, offering realistic and practical solutions that worked hand-in-hand with our architectural aspirations.  They made reaching our Zero Carbon targets seem easy!”

D Walker – Director, ADD/UK Ltd Architects