Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Below is a list of the questions we are asked most frequently, the list is not an exhaustive one, if you cannot find the answer you need simply give us a call on 0800 699 0904 or email info@buildcompliance.co.uk we would love to help.

Domestic & Commercial Assessments

Why do I need a SAP Assessment?
A SAP Assessment is a requirement for Building Regulations, the assessment is designed to show the projected CO2 output of a new home and confirm that when it's built it is within the allowed emissions rating for the dwelling. A SAP Assessment must be carried out by a licensed SAP Assessor for Building Control to accept it without having to check it any further than the first page.
What is involved in a SAP Calculation
What type of SAP Calculations do I need?
What do I need to do to pass the SAP Calculations?
When do I need an EPC?
What is a Sustainability / Energy Assessment?
A Sustainability or Energy Statement is usually required to accompany a planning application, local authorities require certain, more stringent reductions in CO2 over and above the requirements of Building Regulations. In order to show how this can be achieved for a project an Energy Statement / Sustainability Statement is produced, the statement looks at not just the construction methods that will be used but also looks at the various available low or zero carbon technologies that are available and whether they can be used efficiently on the project to reduce the carbon footprint, we have worked on some projects in the London area where the local authority require as much as a 40% reduction in CO2 to gain planning permission. The statement is quite an in-depth document that uses information from the Design  Stage SAP Calculations combined with renewable technologies to show how the reduction could and would be achieved. Also whether or not certain types of technologies would or would not work, for example, there is very little benefit to using any type of solar technology in a building with no southerly facing roof, as the technologies only work efficiently on a south facing aspect, we're sure you get the idea. Please contact us if you have a project where a statement is a requirement and we will be happy to discuss and advise on the best way forward.
What is an SBEM? And do I need one?

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