Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) is a calculation implemented by the government to assess the energy rating of new-build homes. SAP ratings are checked and approved by local authority Building Control departments, and take various factors, including the size of the home, insulation levels, ventilation systems, hot water systems, and the main heating method, into account. SAP calculations allow for an accurate means of determining the efficiency of the energy performance of the home, as well as predicting certain costs.
Lee Davies Fireplace and Brickwork Specialists will be able to offer assistance on how to minimise your SAP calculation total when we install your wood burning or multi-fuel burning stoves. Additionally, an in-depth explanation of the SAP calculation method, the benefits of wood burning stoves and multi-fuel burning stoves on the calculations, as well as the performance levels of different types of appliances in relation to different natural draught flues can be obtained by visiting the Chimney Development Association, the Stove Industry Alliance, and the British Flue and Chimney Manufacturers Association.
Wood Burning Stoves in Old and New-Build Homes
According to recent changes made to Building Regulations Document L1A, wood burning stoves have specific benefits associated with their installation and use. Some of these benefits include meeting the 20% reduction in carbon emissions the UK government has set as a target, as well as a high level of appeal to homeowners. The changes made to the document also set out more stringent requirements and limits for the levels of energy efficiency achieved by homes.
Wood Burners and SAP Results
Installing a wood burning stove early in your new-build or self-build project could yield important carbon emission savings, which could give a remarkably better SAP result than if a default electric heating system was used in the calculation. By installing a wood burner as a secondary heat source, a large amount of carbon credit can be earned at an affordable price. In addition to their reduced emissions and cost-effectiveness, wood burning stoves also add to the visual aesthetic of any home. Products specifically designed to be used in low energy houses are continuously being developed, and as a result, there is a wide variety of attractive, efficient wood burning stoves to choose from. Our expert services and advice are available to an extensive range of locations, including Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire, and London.