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Energy Saving Legislation

We believe it is important, by way of communication from Solutions Inspired Ltd that our customers are aware of the legislation and directives that are in place to aid energy efficiency and energy saving opportunities. The details of this legislation and specific directives will be provided by our advisor but an overview is provided below.

Energy Performance of Buildings Directive - The European Union’s Energy Performance of Buildings Directive was created so that all member states would implement energy efficient objectives in their respective countries. As a result in 2006 Part L of the Building Regulations encompassing England and Wales was introduced. It affects the conservation of fuel and power and with some revisions it was reissued to ensure the UK was compliant with EU directives. Our advisor will discuss this legislation with you in more detail and exactly how it affects you. Scotland has similar directives, which Solutions Inspired Ltd conform to.

To encourage the growth of the Energy Saving Electrical Installations in the UK there are incentives in place including:

  • Energy Saving Grants
  • Carbon Trust Loans
  • Enhanced Capital Allowance

The Climate Change Bill is another energy saving legislation document created to move the UK towards a low carbon economy. As the first country to implement such a strategy, the UK is setting the standard for other countries to follow. This type of legislation drives manufacturing practices and also the type of installations and products used by electricians and related service driven businesses. This also shows the UK’s commitment to the global Kyoto emissions agreement.

The details of this legislation are important for us all to know, so we commit to helping the conservation of our environment. Our advisor will inform you about the targets and initiatives in place including:

  • UK carbon dioxide emission reduction targets of 80% by 2050 and between a 26-32% reductions by 2020.
  • The UK has set targets 15 years ahead for legally binding five year carbon budgets.
  • The Committee on climate change is a new statutory body, which provides advice, support and guidance to the government and are an independent support function.
  • The Government are now more effectively structured to implement policies, which will reduce carbon emissions. Such policies will be described by our advisors.
  • The Committee on climate change will provide reports to parliament in a more lucid and transparent way to enable better, more concise leadership decisions.
  • The Government will be required to report on trends in climate change and predict relevant environmental impacts at least every 5 years.

In 2007 the Energy White Paper and the Climate Change Commitment (CRC) were introduced following the Climate Change Bill. The CRC sets out the mandatory emissions trading scheme, which targets organisations that are not currently incorporated in the EU ETS or Climate Change Agreements.

A conservative estimate would place 5,000 organisations classified for inclusion in this agreement due to their large size. Examples of such organisations which our advisor will confirm are schools, government departments, large supermarket chains, hotels, office based corporations and local authorities.

It is not just political pressure that is driving the changes for energy efficiency but also practical aspects, consumer requirements companies like Solutions Inspired Ltd. Each of these stakeholders are impacting on the design, construction, purchase and use of both new and existing buildings within the UK.

The Energy Gap

Another of the drivers for energy efficiency is the shortfall in energy supply. During the course of the next decade, if projections are correct, the UK may only be able to produce about 80% of its electricity requirements.

There have been many discussions by many parties including our team of electricians on the Energy Gap and what may occur in coming years. The impact it will have and what we can do to address the implications of a shortfall in energy supply have to be considered by our advisors. The Energy Gap takes into consideration the following areas:

  • The production, consumption and security of energy supply in the UK
  • Achieving carbon dioxide reduction targets
  • Existing sources of energy and their capabilities to achieve objectives
  • Doubts over new energy sources

As the discussion continues, trying to quantify the exact energy gap will be difficult as the energy shortfall is dependent on the variability of demand, weather conditions, efficiency practices, security and prices in the market. How well the communication of energy efficiency is carried out by electricians and other stakeholders will ultimately have a big impact on the results.

Spiralling Energy Costs

The main objective of Solutions Inspired Ltd is to reduce the energy bills of our customers, through the installation of energy saving products and the promotion of energy efficient practices. This aims to help customers with spiralling energy costs, which have been on the increase for a number of years now. Our advisor will explain that prices have been increasing at a greater rate recently so consumers want electrical solutions that provide energy saving capabilities.

Expensive utility bills are the main implication for the consumers but so are the cost implications on manufacturers, retailers and other service providers. As well as cost increases, there are wider implications for businesses especially in terms of economic growth. The long term objectives for economic growth are damaged if businesses and domestic customers do not consider their impact on the environment. Our electricians can provide you with a wide range of options for Energy Saving Electrical Installations. The advisors at Solutions Inspired Ltd will offer opportunities for all customers that reduce energy consumption and are less harmful on our environment.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)

In October 2008, The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was formed, with the intention of creating a cohesive energy policy.

Further departments were created such as The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), which controls the Building Regulations in England and Wales. As the building regulations are an Act of Parliament, the DCLG enforce the requirements of the regulations and look at ways to improve and introduce new documents.

If a company, an electrician or other trades people fail to comply with any of the building regulations; it is a criminal offence and will lead to prosecution. Our advisor will guide you on all the building regulations.

Part L of the Building Regulations

Amendments that are due to be made to Part L of the Building Regulations in 2010, 2013 and 2016 will be the main drivers behind The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive.

The all encompassing effort to make a difference with climate change is a long-term challenge that requires effort from a number of parties. The construction industry and in particular electrician and electrical contracting companies like Solutions Inspired Ltd need to play their part in the strategy. The new regulations need to be adopted very quickly to get the results that are required so Solutions Inspired Ltd will discuss the options with you. These regulations, in combination with previous versions have resulted in a 40% increase in energy efficiency. With the correct Energy Saving Electrical Installations house fuel bills can be reduced significantly.

Part L of the building regulations is a legislative response, following a lack of progression to achieving the 2010 carbon dioxide emissions target. Solutions Inspired Ltd understand Part L and will therefore ensure the work completed complies with the regulations.

Part L is concerned with three key areas in relation to power consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, which our advisor will discuss:

  • It sets out to limit heat gains and losses through the utilisation of thermal elements and other aspects of the building.
  • The provision of energy efficient installations that have appropriate and effective control mechanisms.
  • Our advisor will provide sufficient information about the buildings architecture, the permanent building services available and maintenance requirements for energy conservation. The electricians aim is to ensure that no more fuel and power is used than is absolutely necessary.

The EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive is concerned with energy savings in existing buildings as well as new construction projects, both of which are important to Solutions Inspired Ltd. Furthermore, there are clearly defined routes to save energy in dwellings and non-dwellings alike, which Solutions Inspired Ltd will discuss with you. In relation to these areas of concern Part L is split into four key sections:

  • L1A – The Conservation of fuel and power in new dwellings
  • L1B – The Conservation of fuel and power in existing dwellings
  • L2A – The Conservation of fuel and power in new buildings other than dwellings
  • L2B – The Conservation of fuel and power in existing buildings other than dwelling

The energy saving legislation is vast and very detaile. Solutions Inspired Ltd will provide the right support to assist you in choosing the right Energy Saving Electrical Installations for your home or commercial premises.

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