Commercial

Industrial Installations
 
Industrial buildings are ideal for the installation of Solar PV generators as they often have large unused roof areas as well as high energy usage for industrial processing.

Greencap Energy can design, supply and install complete systems that can be used to reduce CO2 emission figures, provide long term fixed price energy for the business in the future and provide a significant income from the feed-in-tariff.
 
Building Professionals
 
 
Installing Solar PV can help developers and owners meet the requirements for Building regulations, local planning requirements, and building codes:
 
Local Plans to reduce energy use and carbon emissions

All Local Authorities are required by government to publish a ‘Local Plan’ in which they set out their proposals to reduce local energy use and carbon emissions. 
 
In 2002 Merton Council developed a ground breaking local plan which required new developments to supply 10% of their energy use from on-site renewable sources.
Many local authorities, including all those in Greater London have increased the requirement to 20%. Increasing numbers of local authorities have adopted it and many more are developing similar ‘On-site renewable energy requirement’ plans.
 
Photovoltaics or PV is the simplest renewable technology option to install and maintain. PV can be designed into the building or added as a remedial measure to help a non-compliant building to pass building regulations.
 
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s)
It is required by law that when any propoerty is to be offered for sale or for let there should be a EPC available to show to a prospective tenant or purchaser.

Installing PV can help owners achieve higher EPC energy ratings which, in turn, will be more attractive to buyers and tenants.


 
 
 
The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH)
 
The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) aims to achieve a step-change in environmental performance of new UK homes setting out a timetable to reduce carbon emission in new build housing to Zero by 2016. This will be achieved via new Building Regulations.

CSH is targeted at architects, home designers and builders of new homes. It covers water use, waste generation, and the use of low-polluting materials/processes as well as energy.


Code level 2
Requires an 18% energy improvement over 2006 (part L Building Regulations). This must involve the use of higher thermal insulation and improved fabric air permeability throughout. 
Current status - Mandatory for all
Code level 3
A home will need to be 25% more energy efficient compared to Part L 2006. This will require low carbon technologies such as Photovoltaic or (PV) modules. 
Current status - Mandatory for HA’s - 2012 for private developments


Code level 4
A 44% improvement over 2006 part L Building Regulations must be achieved. This will require some PV modules.                                                               
Current status - Mandatory 2012 for HA’s


Code level 5
Requires a 100% improvement over 2006 part L Building Regulations. This will require all electricity to be provided from on-site renewable sources including Photovoltaic (PV) modules. As most urban and sub-urban sites will not be suitable for wind turbines, PV will proliferate as the best technology to guarantee these targets.                                                                        
Introduction date  - 2013 for Wales, 2016 for rest of UK

Code level 6
Zero-Carbon will also require PV panels in order to replace entirely the energy taken from the national grid. The additional points to achieve a six-star rating must require investment in energy efficient appliances, reduction of surface water run-off, and the application of a site waste-management plan.  
Current status - Mandatory for all in 2016

For further information on the code and general guidance on building sustainable homes see The Energy Saving Trust Website.
 
To find out how we can help you build with PV and these new regulations - at little additional cost - call us on 0800 014860 or email info@greencapenergy.co.uk


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