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Designers working on major development sites in London now need to provide Circular Economy Statements as part of their planning submission. This was introduced as a London Plan requirement in 2021.

The circular economy principle encourages a more efficient use of building materials, leading to financial savings and lower environmental impacts in the long run.

Designers should use building materials which are made to last, which are easy to re-use and recycle, and which may already be second-hand.  They also need to consider how the new development can be disassembled or retrofitted at a later date without excessive renovation costs.

We can provide Circular Economy Statements at three stages through the build process. A draft Statement will set out aspirational commitments for the pre-planning stage, a more detailed version is available for full planning sign-off, and a post-completion version – based on the actual building materials used – may be required after works are completed on site.

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Mark Asimakis

Energy Planning Manager

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Mark Asimakis

Energy Planning Manager

marka@energistuk.co.uk

Why choose Energist?

  • Our Planning team are able to explain this complex new requirement simply. Our reports tick the boxes while explaining the steps in a straightforward, easy-on-the-eye way
  • We will not give you unrealistic specification goals. We will explain from day one what the planning condition requires, and guide you along the path to compliance
  • We will get back to you within 24 hours if you have a query
  • Circular Economy is one of a handful of different sustainability-related planning reports we can produce for you

Complete solutions with Energist

  • Planners seem to ask the world these days – we have a comprehensive list of services which we complete in-house. This includes Energy Strategies, BREEAM, Whole Life Cycle and Overheating Analysis
  • We will review your planning conditions in full and tell you which ones we can help with. You may be surprised with just how many boxes we can tick
  • We can help post-planning as well. The Energist Technical Team can deal with SAP and SBEM compliance, while our Testing team can carry out your air leakage and acoustic tests on site

How Energist can help

If you’re submitting a planning application in London, it will need to be accompanied by an Energy Strategy which details how the development will meet energy and emission targets in line with GLA and local planning policy.

On larger developments, the Energy Strategy will need to demonstrate how a zero carbon standard will be achieved through a mix of fabric improvements, renewable technologies, heating networks and carbon offset payments.

You will also need to consider how the building design can reduce the need for cooling systems, calculate the embodied energy of the materials used, examine risks of summer overheating and show how the development may impact local air quality.

On top of this, the GLA has adopted a newer calculation method (known as SAP10emissions), which steers developers away from gas boiler solutions in favour of the latest heat pump technology.

Smaller developments may not have to commit to the same level of sustainable construction, but requirements are still tough to achieve with a 35% emissions improvement over standard Building Regulations.

Our team has extensive experience supporting developers through the planning process on all sizes of London schemes and can advise on the ever evolving policy requirements.

Our relationships with the GLA and local boroughs helps us to ensure you’re designing to the latest and correct standards.

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Stuart Clark

Director

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Stuart Clark

Director

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Why choose Energist?

  • Our London Plan Energy Strategy is clear and concise, and follows the steps as specified in the 2021 London Plan Energy Hierarchy. This means it is far more likely to be accepted first time by the local planning authority.
  • We will discuss compliance options with you to find the most cost-effective and suitable design for meeting the relevant energy standards.
  • We are happy to liaise directly with planning officers to ensure our reports strike a balance between keeping planners on side while not pushing you into a corner with unrealistic and extortionate specification commitments.

Complete solutions from Energist

Energist’s dedicated London team can help ensure you have everything you need to meet compliance on your development with in-house services that cover Overheating Analysis, Whole Life Cycle, Circular Economy, occupational energy and on-site air and acoustic testing.

The adoption of SAP10emissions on major schemes throws an added layer of complication into the mix. Our team knows these results can be very different from regular SAP and SBEM calculations, and can explain what this means for your development.

Large non-domestic building projects are likely to need a BREEAM Assessment too. It’s important to plan ahead to know what additional measures you need to put in place before work begins on site. Our in-house BREEAM experts can help with this planning.

How Energist can help

As summer temperatures continue to increase in recent years, the risk of overheating has been thrown into the forefront of planning policy in London. With increased glazing ratios, thermally efficient construction and the extensive use of communal heating systems, mitigating overheating risk has become a major design consideration, both at planning stage and through detailed design.

Building Regulation standards are notoriously inaccurate in their assessment of overheating risk and as a result, dynamic thermal modelling is used by planning authorities and design teams to reduce the risk of summer overheating both in dwellings and communal spaces.

Our technical team of experienced specialists will work closely with you and the design team to help balance overheating mitigation with energy strategies and air quality or acoustic requirements.

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Mark Asimakis

Energy Planning Manager

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Mark Asimakis

Energy Planning Manager

marka@energistuk.co.uk

Why choose Energist?

  • Our highly experienced team produce a 3D model of your building and use weather data to indicate any areas where heat build up may cause uncomfortable living conditions.
  • We pride ourselves on working as a reliable part of your design team and providing a clear report that includes our findings within your deadlines.
  • We provide initial advice on possible risky areas in the design at early design stages to ensure adequate measures are put in place as early as possible.
  • We keep note of air quality, noise and daylight assessments and always aim to suggest measures in line with these disciplines to avoid any delays from the Planning Authority.

Complete solutions from Energist

Thermal Modelling assessments is one of many planning conditions we can help you with:

  • Changes to your specification as part of mitigating overheating risk may impact acoustic performance, requiring Acoustic Design Advice.
  • A Daylight and Sunlight Assessment may be required as a planning condition at the request of your local authority and will show the impact of your proposed development on neighbouring buildings.
  • Many Local Authorities request an Energy Statement to encourage developers to be more environmentally friendly.