SBEM Ratings for Commercial Properties

What is an SBEM?
SBEM (Simplified Building Energy Model) is a Government-defined process in accordance with Part L Building Control Regulations, which results in a calculation of the energy performance of new commercial/industrial/retail buildings.

Will my Project require a SBEM?
Yes, from 7th April 2006 all new buildings require an SBEM Calculation.

What will I need to do to comply?
There are 2 stages - the first stage (called the 'design' stage) needs to be completed and submitted to your Building Control Body or Approved Inspector at the same time as your Building Control Application.

The second stage (called the 'as-built' stage) comes into force when the build is completed and a 'pass' Certificate will need to be produced for presentation to your Inspector.

Please note: Your Building Control Officer or Approved Inspector may request a re-submission of the SBEM Calculation if any changes are made to the specification after the design stage has been submitted
How can APT-EPC help?
Our aim is to help you achieve a 'pass' and we provide the following:

• Advice on how to achieve a 'pass'
• Friendly, helpful, experienced Team
• Advice and recommendations
• Detailed Report for each building

» Please download our SAP TIPS document

» Please Download Our SBEM DATA CHECKLIST

How much can you save by improving energy efficiency
We all think we have done enough to improve our homes, but how many of us have? And when it comes to the crunch, just how much can be saved and how? let’s have a look at how much can be saved in the average home across a number of simple and inexpensive areas of improvement.

Insulating a home is simple and essential as heat escapes via many different ways. Windows, doors and walls are all susceptible to heat loss, and insulating these areas effectively can bring surprising savings in the home.

Take the popular route of cavity wall insulation; this is relatively inexpensive these days as it is a routine procedure, and it can save in excess of £100 in a year. Given the purchase price, the home owner should see it pay for itself in three years. Insulating ones loft to a greater degree is another simple and cost effective measure, and given that it saves around approx £100 annually for the average house can easily recoup the initial expenditure in a couple of years.

Fitting double glazing is often cited as an expensive method of improving efficiency, though it can save £40 yearly, while simply draught proofing those areas where cold spots seem to live can see saving of over £30 and the cost recouped in just three years.

Another accurate way of improving energy efficiency would be undertaking a smoke pressurisation Test, this would quickly find all areas of potential air leakage through the buildings envelope, and this can reduce heating costs by approx 40%. If you want to find out more about this service please contact us now at apt@aptenergyperformancecertificates.co.uk

All of these measures are simple and can be done quickly and at little expense, and all add to the energy efficiency of a home without any doubt at all.

Other energy saving advice
It is not only insulating the structure of the house that can save money; effectively lagging a hot water tank can result in some impressive savings, with costs recovered in just a year.

Improving or replacing old and outdated devices is also worthy of consideration; a new central heating boiler, for example, can save as much as £200 in a year and the outlay be recovered in five years. Modern boilers are supremely efficient and an up to date condensing combi-boiler is certainly something one should be looking at in terms of improving the home’s energy efficiency.

Much has been written of late regarding energy efficient light bulbs, and much is scare mongering of a surprising nature. The newest versions are very efficient, reach full power almost instantly and are no more expensive than the traditional bulb; what’s more, fitting them across the board has been shown to save a notable amount of money, with £10 a year cited in many quarters.

Switching appliances off stand-by, keeping doors and windows closed and hanging heavier curtains in winter are all common sense approaches to increasing ones energy efficiency, and if it saves money then it must be a good thing. For very little effort one can induce savings of a serious nature.

Alongside trying to reduce consumption one should look at reducing your energy bills and expenditure, uSwitch.com is one of the comparison sites which can help you make comparisons with suppliers and often save you substantial amounts on your gas and electric bills.

If you require individualised information related to the energy efficiency of your property, there is no reason why you cannot commission an Energy Performance Certificate and follow the recommendations found within it, contact us now at apt@epc.co.uk for more information

We carry out hundreds of projects per year and guarantee to be professional, reliable, helpful and very competitive; we offer a last minute service at no extra cost, and we also undertake weekend working both on Saturday and Sunday in order to meet your out of hours testing requirements. We offer a nationwide service offering a single supplier for all of your regional offices and projects.
Most of our clients, who use us for the first time, continue to use our services because of our
proactive consultancy and testing service. This proactive approach has led to nationwide agreements with some of the top UK Contractors, which allows them to benefit from even more competitive rates.

If you have any questions or queries please don’t hesitate to contact us:

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