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.
"Abba Energy provided us with a thoroughly comprehensive and efficient service from the inception of the project to final completion.  They guided all concerned - including the contractor – through the requirements necessary to achieve the EcoHomes ‘very good’ target with professionalism and understanding." - Barroll Webber

Sensible Energy Saving Tip

If you are working regular hours, a simple solution to heat your home more efficiently is to time your heating to go off 30 minutes before you leave the house, and come on again 30 minutes before you are due to get back.

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