What is SAP 2016 and do I need to worry about it?
Every few years, the methodology used to calculate SAP assessments is updated. The next update is called SAP 2016 – there is no set date for this going live and no details are currently available, but keep checking our website for further details.
The current version is SAP 2012, previous version are SAP 2009, SAP 2005 and the original SAP 2001.
Each time SAP is updated, the Target Emission Rate is lowered, making it tougher and tougher to pass Building Regulations.
When SAP 2005 went live, the Target Emission Rate was lowered by 20% over the SAP2001 Target Emission Rate. SAP2009 required an additional 25%. SAP2012 put an extra 6% on top of that in England and Wales, and 20% in Scotland.
When SAP 2016 is released the Building Regulations will also be updated, and it’s highly likely that further reductions in the Target Emission Rate will be required.
Until recently, the Government has been focused on having us building zero carbon homes by the end of 2016. This policy has been postponed, and we’re not expecting the next requirements to be this stringent.
The Government, however, committed to an EU directive which will see us building to a ‘nearly zero energy’ standard by the end of 2019.
When the new SAP is released, we’ll have a better understanding about how much of a jump we’re expected to make to this target. However steep the new regulations turn out to be, we’ll be on hand to offer advice on the most sensible way of showing compliance.
For advice and a quotation for your next project, call Energist on 08458 386 387.