BRE and BEIS to overhaul energy rating

The Building Research Establishment (BRE) will develop a new methodology to better measure the energy performance of UK homes.

SAP 11 will launch ahead of the Government’s Future Homes Standard, an initiative that will see homes built from 2025 fitted with low-carbon heating, and should be better suited to technologies such as heat pumps, renewables and smart technologies, and at the same time be a more effective measure than the at times random assessment techniques of the old EPC certificate.

BRE’s methodology development will be guided by organisations and individuals within its steering group. This includes Sustenic, Loughborough University, Kiwa, University of Strathclyde’s Energy Systems Research Unit, AECOM and the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), as well as Chris Martin and John Tebbit, two leading individuals in field trial design and product performance, respectively.

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