Energy and Sustainability Statements

At Energy Council we work alongside the design team to provide expert guidance on energy and sustainability issues to ensure the most suitable and cost effective solutions. We provide Energy and Sustainability Statements to support planning applications.

Many Local Planning Authorities require an Energy and Sustainability Statement to be submitted as part of a planning application. This is often combined with a requirement to provide a reduction in carbon emissions/ energy use of the building through onsite generation of energy using Low or Zero Carbon (LZC) and Renewable energy technologies.

The local planning authority may also require the development to achieve a particular Code for Sustainable Homes or BREEAM rating; credits are available within these schemes for utilising LZC technology to provide a percentage reduction in CO2 emissions.

The Energy Statement will set out the predicted energy/ CO2 emissions of the development and demonstrate potential improvements for reducing energy consumption and emissions.

The Energy Statement typically includes the following information—

  1. Energy efficiency of the building
  2. Baseline annual predicted energy demand of the development (regulated and unregulated)
  3. Baseline annual predicted carbon emissions of the development (regulated and unregulated)
  4. The contribution of each proposed renewable energy technology
  5. Cost information of technically feasible LZC/ renewable technologies incl. CHP
  6. Feasibility of district or community heating
  7. Summary of the benefits of various energy technologies
  8. The total estimated reduction in the development's baseline carbon and/or energy emissions.

We provide Sustainability Statements to highlight the positive aspects of a scheme and demonstrate the commitment of the developer to ensuring the proposals will be sustainable.

The Sustainability Statement typically includes the following information—

  1. Energy efficiency of the building
  2. Water conservation
  3. Flood risk and drainage strategy
  4. Community impacts
  5. Transport
  6. Health and Wellbeing incl. day-lighting analysis and thermal comfort
  7. Material usage – responsible sourcing and environmental impact
  8. Pollution issues – low NOx, low GWP, reducing need for mechanical cooling
  9. Ecological aspects to enhance the proposed developments for flora and fauna
  10. Best practise management of the site

These reports are generally tailored to address specific/local planning policies, Supplementary Planning Guidance Documentation and DPDs.

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