Sustainability Statements - What You Need To Know
Sustainability Statements cover all aspects of the sustainability of a planned development. If you are planning a development in an area with strict planning regulations, you are likely to need a Sustainability Statement. Covering everything from building materials to traffic counts, a Sustainability Statement details all environmental impact aspects of your project.
SAP Calculations or SBEM Calculations are only concerned with energy. Sustainability Statements measure several features of your building’s sustainability. This includes Water Efficiency Calculations, Food Risk Analysis, Drainage Strategy, Community Impact Analysis and an Assessment of Ecological Impact, to name but a few.
Since 2012, the National Planning Policy Framework says that the development of greenbelt land should only happen in exceptional circumstances. Therefore, Sustainability Statements are often needed to build on greenbelt land. For instance, a local authority may grant planning to a house with an extremely low carbon footprint.