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What is an Energy Statement and do I need one?

An Energy Statement sets out to your planning department how you intend to reduce site-wide emissions on your next development. Sometimes they are called ‘energy reports’ or ‘feasibility studies’. Whatever you call them, they almost always need to include low or zero carbon technology, but some councils are more interested in encouraging better levels of insulation. Whether you need one or not, and what figures you are expected to show, entirely depend on your local authority. Some planning departments will always ask for an Energy Statement, others never. If you’re unsure, it’s best to get a copy of your planning requirements, and send us a copy to check through.

We work with scores of planning departments across the UK who ask for Energy Statement documents. The crux of the reports is the same across the board: It’s a way of proving that your development is better than current Building Regulations. If you’re dealing with a council which we’ve dealt with before, our technical team will have their requirements at their fingertips, which makes things easier right from the start.

If you haven’t done so already, be prepared to put some of your budget aside for renewables, as it’s rare for Energy Statements to be accepted on building fabric alone.

 

Author: Adrienne Harries

This article was published by Adrienne Harries on 04.04.2016.