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How Can Sustain Quality Help You Achieve A Net Zero Building?

Sustain Quality | How Can Sustain Quality Help You Achieve A Net Zero Building?

Whether you’re in the commercial or residential sector, achieving a Net Zero building is a high priority for many within the built environment.

According to the 2019 government legislation, embedding a ‘Net Zero 2050’ target for carbon dioxide emissions is a key aim, and one which paves the way for a cleaner, more sustainable future for the UK.

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Net Zero Carbon Buildings – The Commitment

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) has issued new findings reporting that the number of organisations committed to net-zero buildings has doubled in one year.

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SAP Calculations For Extensions

SAP Calculations For Extensions

In some instances, an extension will require an SAP calculation. However, this won’t apply to all extensions. This post aims to highlight when your extension would need a SAP calculation and what’s involved in the process, should your extension require one.

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Top Tips For Passing A SAP Calculation

Top Tips For Passing A SAP Calculation

A Standard Assessment Procedure, or ‘SAP’ as it is commonly referred to, is a UK government-recommended methodology for measuring the energy rating of a residential dwelling.

Using advanced software, it calculates typical annual energy costs for water heating, internal lighting and space, and a rating from 1-100+ is issued.

In order for new dwellings to comply with Part L1a and Part L1b, SAP 2012 has been used as the basis for checking such dwellings. Once a dwelling is complete, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is produced. This post aims to give you some top tips for passing a SAP Calculation.

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What Information Is Needed For A SAP Calculation?

What information is needed for a SAP calculation

Standard Assessment Procedure, or ‘SAP calculations’ as they are commonly referred, is the methodology used by the Government to assess and compare the energy and environmental performance of dwellings.

Its purpose is to provide accurate and reliable assessments of dwelling energy performances that are needed to underpin energy and environmental policy initiatives.

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When Should a SAP Calculation Be Carried Out?

When Should an SAP Calculation Be Carried Out_

SAP calculations should be thought about carefully throughout the entire process of the built project to ensure that your property meets building regulations.

During design stage, the SAP calculation will advise decision makers in a built project on the specification of materials you need during the build. At the end of the build, Building Control will need to ensure that you have fulfilled your SAP requirements.

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What’s Involved In A SAP Calculation?

What's involved in a SAP calculation?

When a client or their designer submits drawings, plans and specifications of the development to a SAP assessor, a desktop exercise is carried out-using specialist software. We recommend that the SAP calculation is undertaken early in the design process. This will prevent any re-designs, which may be costly.

Usually, SAP calculations involve three main stages. This blog aims to explore each stage in-depth for anyone looking to understand the SAP calculation process further.

Read on to find out more.

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EPCs and SAP Calculations

EPCs and SAP Calculations

EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates) and SAPs (Standard Assessment Procedures) work in conjunction for all new residential properties. The EPC uses the SAP rating to provide an energy performance scale.

As Sustain Quality, we ensure that homes are built for warmth and energy efficiency, using a detailed and strategic approach.

Read on to find out how SAPs inform the EPC.

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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.

Read on to find out more…

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