SBEM calculations were brought in as part of the UK Building Regulations in 2006. SBEM means Simplified Building Energy Model. This certification was introduced as a way of regulating the standards of energy efficiency in new builds.
Do I need SBEM Calculations?
If you are applying for building control you will need SBEM Calculations as part of your building warrant application. If your commercial building is above 50m² then your SBEM calculations must pass requirements for Building Regulations Section 6 in Scotland. This requirement also applies to extensions and renovations as well as new builds.
Some examples of commercial buildings that require SBEM Calculations are:
- Care Homes
- Leisure Centres
- Community Buildings
If you would like to request a quote for SBEM Calculations from Energy Cert Scotland, please take a moment to complete our short form. Upon receipt of the completed form a member of the Admin Team will call you to discuss and provide a quote.
What are SBEM Calculations?
SBEM means Simplified Building Energy Model. This model performs calculations that provide an analysis of a building’s energy consumption. The model can be used to measure the energy efficiency of commercial and non-domestic buildings and provide information to generate the Energy Performance Certificate.
SBEM calculations were brought in as part of the UK Building Regulations in 2006. SBEM is the Simplified Building Energy Model and has been introduced as a way of regulating the standards of energy efficiency in new builds. It is therefore pushing developments towards being ‘greener’ and more sustainable
SBEM Calculations are required at the planning stage and they are submitted to show that the building meets the Target Emission Rate for energy efficiency. All new buildings must be well insulated and have the most efficient heating, cooling, lighting and ventilation systems. The energy required for this is then calculated over a 12 month period. 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.
How are SBEM calculations worked out?
SBEM Calculations compare the Building Emission Rate (BER) and Target Emission Rate (TER). Once the building is constructed the actual BER must not exceed the calculated TER.
To complete a SBEM the assessor will require full scaled plans, sections and elevations of the final or intended layout, as well as the specifications for heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water and lighting. They will additionally need details of the building fabric, together with information and certificates on air tightness and thermal bridging. If any renewable systems are to be installed, details of these will also be required.
At what stage do I get SBEM calculations?
Ideally, SBEM calculations should be completed at the design stage. The earlier the process is done the better, as it will allow any changes to the original design of a building to be made in order for it to pass.
Do SBEM calculations involve a site visit?
No, an SBEM calculation can be done without visiting the site. An assessor will need full scaled plans, sections and elevations of the intended layout and details on the heating, cooling, ventilation, hot water and lighting.
Who can carry out my SBEM Calculations?
Valid SBEM calculations can be completed by a qualified Level 4 or 5 Energy Assessor.