KJ Tait Engineers are currently undertaking energy assessments for 14No residential tower blocks in the Paisley area for Renfrewshire Council. The energy assessments involve the formulation of Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) calculations in line with both the Energy Efficiency in Social Housing (EESH) and Social Housing Quality Standards (SHQS) documents produced by the Scottish Government.
The Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH), is a Scottish Government guidance document aimed at social landlords. The aim of the guidance is to encourage landlords to improve the energy efficiency standards of social housing in Scotland. It supports the Scottish Government’s vision of warm, high quality, affordable, low carbon homes. It is expected that the EESSH will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.
Surveys are undertaken in each block to establish services strategies in each flat type, as well as inspection of any major central plant. Ensuring a holistic assessment, in this instance our work is taking place alongside invasive condition investigations carried out by other consultants, allowing resultant fabric U-values to be included within IES VE 2019 (used to produce the SAP calculations).
SAP results are assessed to determine whether the dwellings pass the EESH and SHQS requirements with recommendations provided to further improve the dwelling standards both in terms of these statutory requirements and to provide the occupants with advice to reduce their individual energy consumption.