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What is SBEM?


The Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM) is the government approved methodology for calculating the energy efficiency of non-domestic buildings. The SBEM calculations depend on the energy required to heat, cool, ventilate and light a non-residential building over a 12 month period when used under ‘normal” circumstances. SBEM methodology is used to calculate commercial EPCs and for producing Building Regulation UK Part L (BRUKL) reports.

What is required for a new build property?


A Building Regulations UK Part L Compliance (BRUKL) report is required at the design and 'as built' stage in order to pass the building regulations part L. SBEM calculations are used to determine the CO2 emission rate for the new building (BER) and compare it to the target minimum requirements (TER) as set by the building regulations.

Once the new building has passed the as built regulations, it will then require a new build EPC.

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