SAPS and Energy Performance Certificates

The SAP team within Cornwall Planning Group is managed by a leading SAP Assessor in the Country Chris Menear. Prior to joining the team at the Cornwall Planning Group Chris has delivered and trained various government staff in SAP Calculations. During Chris’s ten years working for Penwith District Council and Cornwall Council he has designed and delivered in excess of 800 calculations for new build and conversion properties. We have a very high experience in delivering;

1. Cost effective building to achieve Building Regulations.
2. Achieving a bespoke EPC rating through cost comparisons of renewable technology.
3. Flexible design approaches in existing buildings and barn conversions.
4. Comprehensive regulation knowledge in historic and present Approved Document L Regulations.
5. Highly glazed extensions which are not compliant with Approved Document L1b.

For highly glazed modern extensions that are not compliant with regulations we can carry out a notional and proposed energy assessments. This process is a complex  process that will provide far more flexibility in proposed designs.

Through more complexity of the Building Regulations we recommend that prior to any planning applications being submitted, the SAP process is carried out to ensure insulation, heating and fabric u-values are all considered.

Air Pressure Testing

Part L of the Building Regulations sets the Energy Efficiency Standards for New Dwelling Houses, Barn Conversions and Commercial Buildings. This states that a sample of New Build Dwelling Houses and Commercial Buildings tested for air leakage (also known as air tightness, air permeability or air pressure testing).

Cornwall Planning Group offer a complete post-completion testing service in England and Wales. BSRIA are UKAS accredited, members of ATTMA and are able to deliver a fast competitive solution to this requirement of the Building Regulations. with BSRIA a UKAS accredited of ATTMA and an associate member of BINDT.

1. Desktop Calculations of Approved Building Regulation Plans
2. Site Survey and Building Preparation Prior to Testing
3. On Site Air Pressure Test of Building Envelope
4. On Site full detailed and illustrated test report
5. Pre-completion testing, visual inspections and advice available
6. Submission of Air Pressure Test Certificate to Client, Builder & Building Control
7. Authority. ATTMA certified testers and UKAS calibrated equipment.