Energy Statements

Energy Statements and the RIBA Plan of Work

What are Energy Statements?

Energy Statements (or Sustainability Statements) can help you to reduce carbon emissions and meet zero carbon targets throughout your project’s development and operation. Stroma Built Environment can provide expert guidance on energy and sustainability issues, including renewable energy and Low or Zero Carbon (LZC) technologies, to help you minimise your carbon footprint.

Energy Statements – Why choose Stroma Built Environment?

Under the Energy Efficiency Regulations, it is estimated that 20% of non-domestic properties in England and Wales currently fail to meet the minimum standard. Our Energy Statements balance environmentally sound proposals with commercial viability. They outline the most suitable and cost-effective solutions to reduce carbon emissions and integrate LZC renewable energy technologies.

Energy Statements are often a requirement for:

Local planning authorities and applications (including The London Plan)

To achieve a particular BREEAM or Code for Sustainable Homes rating

Building Regulation 25a (Part L:2013) compliance

Our Energy Statements can help you to demonstrate your commitment to achieving a sustainable development and ensure compliance against relevant policies and planning conditions.

Explaining Energy Statements

Energy Statement

The Energy Statement addresses energy objectives such as CO2 emission reduction and renewable energy targets as set out in The London Plan and other planning applications. Typically, the Energy Statement includes:

  • Baseline annual CO2 emissions and energy costs
  • Energy efficiency of the building fabric
  • Heating, ventilation and lighting
  • LZC feasibility report – renewable energy technologies
  • Contribution and cost analysis of each proposed renewable energy technology

SAP calculations (domestic schemes) and SBEM calculations or DSM (non-domestic schemes) will typically form the basis of the energy strategy.

Sustainability Statement

The Sustainability Statement covers key sustainability issues relating to a proposed development. They are often a requirement for Code for Sustainable Homes or BREEAM assessments. Typically. the Sustainability Statement includes:

  • Energy efficiency of the building
  • Material usage – reduce waste and increase recycling
  • Ecology report
  • Health and wellbeing – daylight analysis and thermal comfort
  • Pollution issues
  • Transport
  • Overheating
Explaining Energy Statements

LZC Feasibility Assessment and Renewable Energy Advice

Stroma Built Environment can provide a full range of design and consultancy services to support the integration of renewable technologies into new and existing buildings. We can support your Energy Statement or strategy, including applications which come under The London Plan, to help you demonstrate your intent to comply with relevant climate change policies.

  • Initial energy strategy and sustainability statements
  • LZC feasibility report
  • SAP
  • Independent advice and specification for all current and emerging LZC/renewable technologies
  • Mechanical and electrical design services
  • Project management

Renewable design / integration services:

  • Photovoltaic
  • Solar thermal
  • Biomass
  • Heat pumps
  • Wind turbines
LZC Feasibility Assessments

RIBA Plan of Work 2013

The RIBA Plan of Work 2013 organises building development projects and processes into a number of stages, providing ‘Sustainability Checkpoints’ to help you meet all targets and requirements in your Energy Statement.

Sustainability Checkpoint 1
  • Review energy and sustainability performance methods and opportunities
  • Identify local planning sustainability requirements and site constraints

Sustainability Checkpoint 2
  • Obtain screening letter from planning authority to verify sustainability requirements
  • Set environmental/performance targets and energy strategies
  • Agree how to measure, achieve and improve performance in use objectives

Sustainability Checkpoint 3
  • Establish measures to ensure appropriate levels of efficiency
  • Refine energy and servicing strategy and achieve required U-Values
  • Prove the design concept with advanced modelling and audits against project targets

Sustainability Checkpoint 4
  • Refine the project’s sustainability strategy to achieve targets
  • Refine climate change strategy, including future adaptions
  • Incorporate environmental and sustainability issues in the Planning Application Design and Access Statement


Energy Statements Case Studies

Request a quote for Energy Statements

Our expert energy statement services can help you meet all targets and requirements for the sustainability checkpoints within the RIBA Plan of Work 2013. Fill out our quote form and a member of our energy consultancy team will be in touch to discuss your requirements.

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