What are SBEM calculations?
A SBEM Calculation is used to calculate the compliance of your new build commercial property with Part L Building Regulations.
SBEM is the Simplified Building Energy Model. This is a government approved methodology which is used to calculate the energy required to heat, cool, ventilate and light a non-residential building over a 12-month period when used under ‘normal” circumstances.
The amount of carbon dioxide the building emits is also calculated, before then assigning the building a numerical rating. The lower the rating, the more energy efficient the building is deemed to be.
When are SBEM calculations needed?
There are a number of different types of commercial buildings that do need an SBEM calculation, from new builds over 50 metres squared to extensions and refurbishments too, including:
- Retail units
- Leisure centres
- Retirement homes
However, there are some exceptions where SBEMs may be not be required, such as places of worship and unheated buildings. If you are unsure as to whether your new development will need to undertake this assessment, contact us at Productivv Energy.
How can Productivv help?
At Productivv our team of energy assessors are not only able to carry out your required assessments within a very reasonable timeframe (with a fast-track service available for urgent projects!) but will also identify areas where you might be able to make cost savings.