SBEM Calculations

SBEM Calculations from GC Reports

Providing commercial developers throughout the UK with a key component in ensuring compliance with Building Regulations Approved Document L2A is met.

You already know that SBEM Calculations are an essential component of non-residential property development. In which case, you’ll also be aware of how business critical it is to choose an SBEM provider that’s efficient, diligent, and highly experienced in the commercial buildings space.

GC Reports is that provider. It’s what we do. It’s the reason we’re the preferred commercial SBEM calculations partner of some of the most reputable and astute commercial property developers in Lincolnshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and throughout the UK.

They trust us to understand their commercial challenges. They turn to us to back-up their navigation of non-residential building regulations. They rely on us to advise them on the very latest energy efficiency/energy performance requirements and support them, at any or all stages of their project, with a 360º SBEM Calculations service that includes:

  • SBEM Assessment
  • SBEM Regulation Insight
  • Commercial SBEM Calculations
  • SBEM Certification

GC Reports are always quick to respond to my calls and emails and everything is always booked in within a day or two. Having seen all the services GC Reports offer, I am always on the lookout for more opportunities to use their services and have recommended them to countless clients.

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SBEM calculations explained: Answers to just a few of the FAQs about SBEM

What does SBEM stand for?

SBEM stands for Simplified Building Energy Model. Simple as that.

What are SBEM Calculations?

SBEM Calculations perform in exactly the same way as SAP calculations, the difference being that they are specifically carried out for non-residential premises. In short, they calculate the amount of energy used by commercial properties, through such things as heating, air conditioning and lighting and evidences the carbon emissions (the amount of CO2 the building emits).

These SBEM Calculations determine how energy efficient a commercial building is, it’s then assigned a rating between 1 and over 150. The higher the rating, the better the energy efficiency.

Do I need SBEM Calculations?

SBEM Calculations are required as part of Building Regulations UK Part L (BRUKL) and are a regulatory component of the BRUKL evaluation process. They’re mandatory to comply with Building Regulations Part L2.

Fact is, it’s compulsory to have SBEM calculations carried out on all non-domestic construction projects. So if you’re working on a non-domestic construction project, you need them.

What types of non-residential buildings need an SBEM Calculation?

Given that a BRUKL compliance report and certificate is a regulatory requirement for ALL new commercial and non-residential dwellings (or extensions projects that are over 100m² and more than 25% of the original building) and SBEM Calculations are a key component that evaluation and certification process, you’ll need them for all commercial buildings, including:

  • Shopping Centres
  • Offices
  • Restaurants
  • Leisure Centres
  • Care Homes
  • Warehouses and Industrial Units

What requirements does my commercial build project need to meet to be SBEM Certified and in turn, pass Building Regulations Part L2?

Once completed, the SBEM calculations we provide will generate a BRUKL report which shows the energy efficiency rating for the building in question. If the BRUKL report shows a pass, then the project passes Building Regulations Part L2.

New build SBEM calculations work out the target emission rating (TER), followed by the building emission rating (BER). The BER must be equal to or less than the TER, in order for the SBEM rating to show a pass on the BRUKL report.

Who does SBEM Calculations?

As is the case with SAP Calculations, the SBEM assessor who carries out your SBEM Calculations must be accredited and registered with a certification body. GC Reports meets these standards.

SBEM Calculations are conducted during the design phase of non-residential building construction and once completed, our assessors will provide a robust report detailing how the design of the planned build meets regulatory requirements.

If you’d like to find out more about SBEM Calculations and how we’d produce your SBEM Calculation Report, CALL US TODAY on 01724 231175 or complete our quick enquiry form. We’re here to answer all your SBEM queries or discuss the other Commercial Building Control, Energy Performance and Building Regulation services we provide.