What are SBEM calculations?
If you’re involved in the construction or property industry, chances are you’ve come across the term ‘SBEM calculations’. But what are they exactly? And why do you need one?
In this blog post, we’ll explain everything you need to know, including what they are, what they’re used for and who needs them.
What are they and why do I need one?
The assessment of a building’s energy performance through SBEM calculations is important for meeting Building Regulations. These calculations take into account design and construction features like insulation, heating/lighting systems and ventilation rates. By doing calculations on new buildings, we can improve their energy efficiency and help preserve our planet’s resources.
How are SBEM calculations used?
They are used to assess the energy performance of new buildings. The results of the calculation are used to produce an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). The EPC is a mandatory document that must be provided to the buyer or tenant of a new building.
What are the benefits of SBEM calculations?
They are a vital part of the building process, providing an accurate assessment of a building’s energy performance. This information can be used to improve the design of the building and make it more energy efficient. The benefits of include:
- Improved energy efficiency: By understanding how a building uses energy, they can help to identify ways to reduce energy consumption and make the building more efficient.
- Cost savings: Reducing energy consumption can lead to significant cost savings, both in terms of running costs and in terms of any government incentives or subsidies that may be available.
- Environmental benefits: By using less energy, buildings generate fewer emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. This can help to reduce air pollution and improve local air quality. In addition, using less energy can also save water resources as well as reduce the amount of waste produced.
What do they cover?
SBEM calculations cover a wide range of elements from the build specification. Each element is reviewed against Building Regulations Part L to ensure compliance. The most common elements that are reviewed include external wall construction, external floor construction, roof construction, glazing and door specifications, heating and cooling systems, hot water systems, ventilation systems, lighting, air permeability and renewable technologies.
With so many elements to consider, it’s important to have an expert on your side to ensure compliance with building regulations.
Are there any drawbacks to using SBEM calculations?
There are a few potential drawbacks to using SBEM calculations. First, they can be complex and time-consuming, which means they may not be suitable for all projects. Second, they require accurate data and assumptions, so there is always the potential for error. Finally, they only consider the energy performance of the building envelope, so other factors such as heating and ventilation systems must also be taken into account.
How can I get started ?
SBEM calculations are important for any business or organisation that wants to improve their energy efficiency.
Our team of experts can help you get started with using SBEM calculations to improve your energy efficiency and save money on your energy bills.
If you’re looking for an SBEM calculation, Focus 360 Energy can help.
We offer a range of energy assessment services for commercial and private landlords, builders, developers, and architects. Our easy-to-use online quote system makes it easy to request a quote for multiple energy assessment services. We can also provide Energy Statements, Breeam Assessments, Air Testing, Sound Testing, Ventilation Testing, Thermographic Surveys, Water Consumption Calculations, Heat Loss Calculations and U-value calculations.
With over 25 years of experience in the energy assessment industry, we’re here to provide you with the expert advice you need to make informed decisions about your property.