Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Consultation on proposals to amend the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP)

The SAP assessment is used for many purposes – including compliance with Building Regulations, and to produce Energy Performance Certificates. A consultation has been launched focusing on twenty areas of the methodology which are under review and seeks views on proposed changes.

Comments are welcome on any part of SAP.

We would encourage members to respond to contribute to the SAP and future heat consultations from BEIS.

As a guide for consultation responses, we have put together some bullet points of notions to consider:

  • What do you think about SAP and how it influences the choices you make as a contractor?
  • What are your views on how we can maximise the potential to reduce energy consumption and reduce carbon emissions, including through decarbonising the heating supply in non-domestic buildings? Consider in your answer what existing statutory or voluntary standards are most effective and why.
  • Should there be a further tightening of building performance standards?
  • Do you agree the minimum standard for domestic boilers in England should be changed to 92% ErP?
  • Do installers have sufficient familiarity, training and experience to properly install each of the technologies listed above?
  • Can installers and consumers make confident decisions regarding which technology is an appropriate solution for a given household?
  • Do heating engineers share a common understanding of what hydraulic balancing entails, and is it undertaken regularly when a boiler is replaced or serviced?
  • What practical barriers might prevent a central heating system from being hydraulically balanced (e.g. system size)?
  • What is the average cost to a consumer when hydraulically balancing a central heating system?
  • What evidence is there to demonstrate the impact that hydraulic balancing can improve the performance and/or carbon intensity of domestic heating systems?
  • What flow and return temperatures are typically set for a condensing boiler at the point of installation?
  • What other innovative solutions or opportunities exist that may have a tangible impact on emissions from heat in buildings, either in the next two carbon budgets or out to 2050? Please provide any supporting evidence.

Click here to find out more about the consultation including how to respond.

The closing date for responses is 27 January.

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