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.
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Sensible Energy Saving Tip

Defrost your food by putting it in the fridge the night before you want to use it. Not only will this help keep your fridge cold, and reduce its power consumption, but it will save you having to defrost it in the microwave.

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