SBEM Assessments

SBEM stands for Simplified Building Energy Model. SBEMs are designed to assess and compare energy in non-residential buildings.

Do I need an SBEM Assessment?

If your new commercial premises is over 50m2, you will need to do an SBEM assessment as a mandatory requirement. Some (not all) extensions and renovations will need an SBEM assessment too, although there are some exceptions, i.e. places of worship and unheated buildings. To check if your building requires an SBEM and for any other advice, please contact the HRS energy team who would be happy to help you.

When Should an SBEM Assessment be Carried Out?

An SBEM assessment comes in two parts. The Design Stage SBEM assessment is the first part, which needs to be completed before construction starts. Think Design Stage – Think SBEM.

The second stage is when the building is completed, this is called an as-built SBEM and will also include the results of the air tightness test (if completed). An Energy Performance Certificate can then be issued.

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If would you like to discuss any of the above, need more information, help or a quotation, please contact HRS on 0800 030 4391 / e-mail: or click to go to the KNOWLEDGE Hub. The HRS Energy Team would be happy to help you.

What does SBEM stand for?

SBEM stands for Simplified Building Energy Model.

What is SBEM?

SBEM is a computer program that provides an analysis of a building’s energy consumption. SBEM estimates the monthly energy use and carbon emissions of a building. This was developed for the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) to partially satisfy the requirements of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).

Do all buildings needs a SBEM assessment?

Nearly all new non-domestic buildings require an SBEM prior to construction. It is normally a requirement of Building Control at this early stage. There are some exceptions, but these are very few. If you’re not sure if your building needs an SBEM assessment, please contact the HRS Energy team who would be happy to advise.

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