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Consultation on improving the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard for Non-domestic buildings

Just 18 months in, the Government are consulting on how to improve the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for commercial buildings as part of the on-going CO2 reduction commitments and net-zero by 2050 commitment, a legally binding policy set in legislation earlier this year. MEES currently requires a minimum EPC rating of E in order for the building to be rented (some exceptions apply) and came into force in April 2018. The new consultation consists of two proposed options to … Continue reading

The Future Homes Standard (Consultation)

Is this the step change in energy efficiency that the new build housing market has required since the back down on Zero Carbon Homes? On the 1st October, the Government launched a new consultation that is intended to future proof energy efficiency standards for new build housing from 2020 through to 2025 and beyond to Net Zero Emissions 2050. The consultation sets out the Governments plans for the Future Homes Standard, which proposes options to increase energy efficiency, introduce low … Continue reading

A Quick Guide to SAP Calculations

What is a SAP Calculation? The method of assessing if a dwelling meets the requirements of Part L1A/B of the building regulations 2013.  SAP is the energy model used to calculate the overall energy efficiency and the fabric efficiency of a dwelling. A SAP calculation is required For all new residential Dwellings, conversions and for some extensions usually one which have large amounts of glazing. Building Control or your approved inspector will usually require the SAP calculation prior to start … Continue reading

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Zero Carbon Homes for London comes into force October 2016

The next stage of the Housing Supplementary Planning Guidance – Standard 35 – Zero Carbon Homes comes into force from the 1st October 2016 as set out in the Mayor’s Sustainable Design and Construction SPG 2014. In contrast to the Governments recent decision to shelve the Zero Carbon Homes Policy (as reported earlier) and the Governments guidance that local planning Authorities should not set energy standard requirements above those set out in the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. The … Continue reading

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Zero Carbon Homes policy axed despite opposition from the Lords

The government has succeeded in scrapping the Zero Carbon Homes policy, despite opposition in the House of Lords. Last week we reported on the attempt by the lords to reinstate some of the zero carbon homes measures in an amendment to the housing and planning bill. This sparked additional debate in parliament. However, on 11 May 2016 the government defeated the amendment in the lords, by a margin of just four votes. The bill is now being passed into law. In … Continue reading

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Airtight new homes creating serious health problems – Evidence of poor ventilation in 200-home study

High levels of airtightness and poor ventilation are building up major health problems in new housing, according to a study by Glasgow School of Art’s Mackintosh Environmental Architecture Research Unit (Mearu). Researchers uncovered serious indoor air quality (IAQ) problems in a wide range of new homes that had been built to be ‘airtight’ and, as a result, were increasing instances of asthma and other respiratory problems in occupants. Mearu studied 200 modern homes and found ‘widespread evidence of poor ventilation, with … Continue reading

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Lords reject Government decision to scrap zero-carbon homes

The Government’s efforts to scale-back on key green policies has been blocked, after the House of Lords voted to reintroduce on-site carbon compliance standards for homes and extend the grace period criteria for onshore wind farm subsidies. The Treasury announced last summer it would be scrapping regulations on house building including a planned increase in on-site energy efficiency standards in order to streamline development. The Government was defeated in a House of Lords vote on the zero-carbon homes amendment yesterday … Continue reading

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MINIMUM ENERGY PERFORMANCE STANDARDS – MEES

FROM 1ST APRIL 2018 PRIVATE NON DOMESTIC (AND DOMESTIC) LANDLORDS IN ENGLAND AND WALES LETTING OR RENEWING LEASES WILL NEED TO ENSURE THAT THEIR PROPERTIES REACH AT LEAST AN ‘E’ RATED EPC UNLESS CERTAIN EXEMPTIONS APPLY. As highly experienced SBEM assessors using Designbuilder, Energy Report can model your building or portfolio and advise on areas of potential non-compliance. We can model multiple potential improvements if necessary to find the most cost effective solution if any are Band ‘F’ or ‘G’ as well … Continue reading