CORE Sustainability


Here is some general information about Energy and Sustainability Statements;

·         Statements are required for new and refurbished developments

·         The London Plan currently requires a 35% reduction on CO₂ emissions and above 2013 building regulations for major developments

·         London boroughs and several other boroughs have set a 19% target for minor developments

·         Local boroughs set their own energy policy statements and energy targets; they do vary and are not the same. The CO₂ emission and energy target can vary significantly between the local authorities from 8% to 35%

The (often) mandatory Energy & Sustainability Statements propose cost-effective and practical solutions to reduce carbon emissions and demonstrate a commitment towards sustainable development. These reports are generally tailored to address specific/local planning policies, Supplementary Planning Guidance Documentation and DPDs.

Our extensive reports show the energy performance target as a percentage over or beyond current building regulations. Our Energy Consultants will typically use SBEM calculations and Dynamic Simulation Modelling (for non-domestic buildings) or SAP Calculations (for domestic properties) to determine CO₂ emissions depending on the type of build. The statement will also need to highlight that a feasibility study has taken place regarding renewable energy solutions; this can range from ground or air source heat pumps, connection to district heating systems and solar PV panels.

Included in our Energy Statement service are the following;

  • Energy efficiency of the building
  • Baseline annual predicted energy demand of the development
  • Baseline annual predicted carbon emissions of the development
  • The contribution of the reduction of emissions each proposed renewable energy technology
  • Cost information of technically feasible Low Zero Carbon (LZC) / renewable technologies incl. Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
  • Feasibility of district or community heating
  • Summary of the benefits of various energy technologies
  • The total estimated reduction in the development's baseline carbon and/or energy emissions.

Included in our Sustainability Statement service are the following;

  • Energy efficiency of the building
  • Water conservation
  • Flood risk and drainage strategy
  • Community impacts
  • Transport
  • Health and Wellbeing including day-lighting analysis and thermal comfort
  • Material usage – responsible sourcing and environmental impact
  • Pollution issues – low Nitrogen Oxides (NOx), low Global Warming Potential (GWP), reducing need for mechanical cooling
  • Ecological aspects to enhance the proposed developments for flora and fauna
  • Best practice management of the site

For more information about Energy & Sustainability Statements please contact us on our link here.