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 joined our project team and efficiently provided guidance to achieve the CSH (Code for Sustainable Homes) target we were working towards. We subsequently received the certification required - a successful conclusion and look forward to the next project with Abba." - BTP Group

Sensible Energy Saving Tip

To remove strong smells such as onion or fish from the fridge, place half a lemon in there to absorb the odours. You can also remove strong smells from a microwave by placing a couple of slices of lemon in a bowl of cold water, and switch the power on for a couple of minutes. The condensation also helps to loosen dirt inside the microwave, which will be much easier to wipe away.

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