The London Plan

The London Plan and the RIBA Plan of Work

What is The London Plan?

The Mayor of London has committed to run London on 100% clean energy by 2050; as outlined in Chapter 5 of The London Plan. This has led to a number of developments to Building Regulations Approved Document L. Stroma Built Environment offers a range of integrated services to support you in achieving The London Plan Zero Carbon targets for your developments.

Zero Carbon Targets

From 1 October 2016, all major new-build residential developments in London are required to achieve a ‘Zero Carbon’ standard, followed by non-residential in 2019. Between 1 October and the introduction of the Zero Carbon targets, major non-residential projects are still required to achieve a 35% reduction in CO2 emissions. The gap between the 35% improvement target and 100% will be bridged by a cash in-lieu contribution to the relevant borough, to be ring fenced to secure carbon dioxide savings elsewhere.

Carbon dioxide emission reduction targets are set as minimum improvements over the Target Emission Rate (TER), outlined in the Building Regulations.

Residential Buildings

Year Improvement on 2010 Building Regulations
2010-2013 25% (Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4)
2013-2016 40%
2016-2031 Zero Carbon (>35% and Carbon Offer)

Non-Residential Buildings

Year Improvement on 2010 Building Regulations
2010-2013 40%
2013-2016 As per Building Regulations (retaining 35%)
2016-2031 Zero Carbon (>35% and Carbon Offer)

The London Plan services – why choose Stroma Built Environment?

Stroma Built Environment provides a fully supported service to assist you in achieving the Zero Carbon requirements of The London Plan and to help comply with climate change policies. With in-depth knowledge of the differing requirements of each borough, we can advise on the best approach to minimise carbon offset payments and help you meet the Mayor’s requirements for achieving Zero Carbon.

Stroma Built Environment delivers a wide range of services and technical advice to help you meet or exceed Zero Carbon targets; from the earliest stages of your development through to project completion. We can help you identify the most suitable and cost-effective solutions to minimise carbon emissions throughout your development’s entire life cycle with consideration of future climate changes factored into your design.

Our services include:

Energy Statements and Feasibility Assessments

We recommend appointing Stroma Built Environment at an early stage in your development to ensure the optimum levels of energy efficiency and minimised carbon emissions for your development. Our Energy and Sustainability Statements outline the most suitable and cost-effective solutions for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and the integration of Low and Zero Carbon (LZC) renewable energy technologies.

A typical statement includes:

London Plan Statement

Predicted annual baseline energy consumption and CO2 emissions
A review of the energy efficiency of the building fabric
A technical appraisal of the heating, ventilation and lighting
LZC feasibility – impartial advice and predicted contribution and cost savings
Projected savings against each stage of the Energy Hierarchy


Explaining the London Plan

Policy 5.2 of The London Plan requires all major development proposals to submit a detailed energy assessment, and seeks to reduce the built environment CO2 emissions, in accordance with the following Energy Hierarchy:

Be Lean

The ‘Be Lean’ stage requires buildings to use less energy. For example, improving fabric efficiency, air permeability and to ensure adequate levels of daylight are sustained.

Be Clean

The ‘Be Clean’ stage requires that energy is supplied through efficient methods, such as investigating opportunities for connecting to existing district networks and utilising Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems.

Be Green

The ‘Be Green’ stage relates to renewable energy, and the use of innovative technology in buildings. These should be appropriate to the building and function efficiently in the real world.

Carbon Offset Payments

Carbon Offset Payments are a cash in-lieu payment for the remaining CO2 emissions for the development. The London Plan stipulates a cost of £60 per tonne over a 30-year lifetime period for each dwelling: (£60 x 30 years = £1,800 per t.CO2). Cost calculated at planning stage will likely be incorporated into Section 106 agreements. There is some variance between boroughs and they can stipulate a local rate (borough’s own policy will apply).

Explaining the London Plan

Request a quote for our London Plan services

Contact Stroma Built Environment to obtain a quotation for our services which help you to meet your obligations under the Zero Carbon standard of The London Plan.

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