Commercial Buildings Sustainability & Planning

What is required?

Many Local Authorities now have in place or are in the process of formulating Core Strategies or a Local Development Framework (LDF) for development of housing in their area. Each Core Strategy or LDF will be different depending on the LA, but one thing they will all have in common is a list of requirements that each developer will have to submit with each Planning application. In many cases as part of the Planning application, a Sustainability Statement is required, and this in turn may need to be supported with Energy Calculations in the form of a SBEM calculation, which may also be used to demonstrate compliance with Part L of the Building Regulations.

Why use Energy Saving Experts?

We have had a number of successful applications, some where Planning Permission has been previously refused, due to the Sustainability Statement and Energy Calculations we have submitted. We provide an indicative SBEM assessment for each type of building in the development, and ensure that each of the main points in the Core Strategy or LDF is addressed.

We work with you to develop an energy strategy for the buildling which is realistic and achievable for you, and that will meet the requirements of a Core Strategy or LDF. See below for some recent projects where we have helped secure Planning permission with our Sustainability Statements and Energy Calculations.

Woolacombe – Devon


Portland Sq – Bristol

portland sq bristol

Bath Road – Bristol

bath road

The Old Vic redevelopment

old vic

Assisted living Accommodation Colchester


Assisted living Accommodation Manchester

sustainability statement

Holiday Complex North Devon

Twitchen SBEM Sustainability Statement

Former Sports Center to Offices – Bristol

Former Cinema to Gym – Bristol