With the rise in the demand for the energy efficient properties, the authorities in U.K. have developed numerous stringent regulations. The buildings for non-dwelling properties which are commonly known as commercial properties are expected to be built in compliance with the standards of Conservation of Fuel & Power.

With the rise in the demand for the energy efficient properties, the authorities in U.K. have developed numerous stringent regulations. The buildings for non-dwelling properties which are commonly known as commercial properties are expected to be built in compliance with the standards of Conservation of Fuel & Power. The government led process, Simplified Building Energy Model or SBEM calculations are standardized methods for showing the compliance with the Building Regulations Part L. This is the energy performance method for every commercial property including industrial warehouses, schools, offices, hotels and more. SBEM is required for the extensions to commercial property as well as for refurbished works too.

The SBEM calculations portray that the actual building performs better as regards the energy efficiency, when compared to a notional building. This hypothetical building has the same size and shape of the actual building and complies with the current standard set by the regulations. Also, the activities that are performed at individual zones are alike. The only difference that you can find is the percentage glazing used within the calculations and the mechanical and electrical installations. This calculates the energy costs and emissions associated with the processes of heating, lighting and ventilation of the building. The notional building will be generating Target Emission Rate (TER) in KgCO2/m² per annum. This target set by the regulations is a benchmark for the buildings, and should not be exceeded. The emissions produced by the actual building are measured in terms of Building Emission Rate (BER).

Apart from the CO2 emission calculations, you need to know about u-value standards too. This Building Regulation is associated with the external elements including efficiency of heat sources, power consumption through mechanical ventilation, lighting of the building, air tightness, etc. The aim is not to create a building that merely meets the standard regulations. If done so, this would not comply with the SBEM calculations. The minimum standards need to be raised in order to witness a positive outcome. These days the building is unable to pass without the implementation of renewable energy strategies. Photo-voltaics, air or ground source heat pumps, solar thermal power, combined heat and power, etc are the features that can be incorporated into the calculation tool. The SBEM services offered by the professionals with huge experience would help you achieve building compliance.

Today, the Energy Performance Certificates are mandatory requirements, especially during the transaction of your property. Selling, letting and building property in U.K should be in accordance with the regulations set up the authorities. The EPC provides rating on a scale from A+ to G. The factors that are taken into account include construction type, age, mechanical and electrical services of the building. The prospective buyers can take wise decisions with the help of this gauging certificate. Building Research Establishment’s Environmental Assessment Method, known as BREEAM focuses on the assessment for construction industry. This sets the benchmark for best practice in construction and is focused in describing the best performance of buildings.

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