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Why Are SAP Calculations Important?

SAP calculations perform a vital role in the design of residential developments, conversions and some extensions in the UK and are essential for passing Building Regulations.

Aside from it being a legal requirement, however, this post aims to uncover further reasons why SAP calculations are so important.

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What Are SAP Calculations?

What are SAP calculations?

SAP stands for Standard Assessment Procedure and is a measure of a building’s energy efficiency. Unlike an SBEM calculation, which focuses solely on commercial properties, SAP calculations are based on residential developments, conversions and some extensions. When a residential building has passed an SAP assessment, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is generated. An EPC is a legal requirement and unless a building has one, it won’t get signed off by building control.

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How To Pass An SBEM Assessment

When we complete an SBEM calculation we provide an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) to demonstrate compliance.

There are several criterions for Part L2A of the UK’s Commercial Building Regulations in order to pass an SBEM calculation which we will explore now.

It’s important to note that this is not a one-size-fits-all approach, but there are key areas that can make improvements to your results and are common across most non-domestic building types.

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What Buildings Require An SBEM Calculation?

What buildings require an SBEM calculation

Every new building with a heating system will need to be assessed to check energy efficiency against current Government emission targets.

If you’re building a dwelling, such as houses or apartment blocks, it needs its own SAP calculation, whereas any building that isn’t a dwelling will require an SBEM calculation.

In simple terms, an SBEM calculation will be needed for all non-domestic, new-build properties.

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