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Publicly accessible SAP calculator

In an excellent piece of promotion Knauf Insulation have produced a publicly accessible SAP Standard Assessment Procedure) calculation tool.

For those not professionally involved, the SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) is the official software system for modelling the thermal energy performance of a building. It is at the heart of the Building Regulations Part L: conservation of fuel and power, the BRE Eco-homes standard, and the government's Code for Sustainable Homes and Energy Performance Certificate schemes.

Knauf have made a web-accessible version here:
http://tools.knaufinsulation.co.uk

This can produce a working EPC etc - but warns that an officially accreditted assessor will still need to complete a formal Part L submission or EPC for a Home Information Pack. However, for those trying to understand carbon reduction in buildings it is very rewarding having an explore and seeing what is involved. Essentially, we all get the message that our heating systems and amount of insulation and double glazing have an effect on our domestic carbon emissions. This tool shows the official method for calculating this.

One of the biggest factors seems to be the efficiency of the boiler you have. It is not uncontroversial, but the more people understand these procedures the better. The government consultation on revisions to Part L is currently open (at www.communities.gov.uk). The govts intention is to integrate requirements of the Code for Sustainable Homes into Building Regulations in 2010.