Renewable Energy Requirements

Many sites now have to use Renewable Energy to meet planning and other requirements. Future proposals from the GLA and several LAs will increase the requirement from 10% renewables to 20%.

For compliance with the renewables issue in BREEAM Assessments, a Feasibility Study is mandatory. Importantly, for the most cost-effective strategy this should be done early in the Design Stage. Capital costs of the Renewables plant will depend upon the overall carbon emissions of the development, as well as the technology chosen.

For sustainable development with integrity, carbon emissions should be reduced first through energy efficiency (load reduction). Clearly therefore, energy efficiency, followed by sizing the Renewables, is key. For accuracy with energy efficiency and carbon emissions, insist on Draft SAP/ SBEM Assessments and close liaison between the independent energy specialist responsible for the Feasibility Study and the SAP Assessor.

The results of the Feasibility Study are fed back into the Energy calculations to enable cost-effective renewables.
"I have worked with Abba on various projects over the last couple of years, they have always worked efficiently and the assessments provided have been accepted by the relevant local planning authorities. The assessments have assisted in me securing planning permission, which as a planning consultant, is what I require." - Town Planning Bureau

Sensible Energy Saving Tip

Help your fridge waste less energy - and save you money - by trying these tips. Dust down the coils at the back of the fridge - dusty coils can waste up to 30% extra electricity. Defrost your fridge regularly. Let food cool down properly before putting it in the fridge.

New Build or Domestic Refurbishment? Call Abba Energy on 020 8208 8333 for expert advice on Sustainable Housing Design and Construction.