Energy Assessment to Part L and Climate Change
Whether or not you believe that climate change is man-made, a natural cycle, or a revenue generating device used by governments to extract even more taxes from us – the fact is that we are being lead towards better housekeeping of the planet and an awareness and concern for the ever decreasing supply and security of natural resources – and energy assessment to Part L will become more and more important.
At the end of the last Ice Age, Birmingham had a two mile thick layer of ice over it. This had melted in just 50 years – That’s climate change! No cement industry, aircraft, vehicles and centrally heated & air conditioned buildings then.
Energy Assessment to Part L for New Buildings
The government has put in place laws and regulations to raise awareness and force a reduction in the amount of CO2 being released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels.
This Company was originally set up as a building surveying and building engineering practice but as time has moved on we have emerged as a leading UK new build energy assessment house for all building types – both domestic and commercial/industrial. We like to be involved at concept stage to ensure that the proposed design will actually ‘work’ in carbon emission terms. While this has been desirable in the past, it is now essential as calculations need to be submitted – for each individual building – to building control at application stage. The building control body then liaise with us to ensure compliance. Compliance is the minimum standard required under the Building Regulations. Many local authority planning departments impose sustainability requirements to reduce carbon emissions. We can help with these additional calculation requirements.
That is not to say we have forgotten all our building surveying and engineering skills built up over the last 25 years or so. We still use that knowledge and expertise to assist our professional clients in achieving compliance with the Building Regulations – and often going that step further to reduce on-going running cost – by design. We understand how buildings work!
Projects need to start with the Part L energy assessment
We become involved with projects at concept stage – which will be a requirement in the new Part L 2010 when calculations have to be provided at building regulation application stage. It will no longer be possible to just keep your fingers crossed and hope that a new building will meet the requirements when it’s finished.
We also advise where the design is a little more adventurous or where the local authority requires an element of renewable energy in the design, even at Planning stage. Our wide ranging skills effectively produce viable solutions.
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