nZEB Lab give home owners, self builders, contractors and tradespersons hands on demo’s, advice & guidance on how to achive the nZEB & Passive House standard. Due to be open to the public in May 2019. The nZEB Lab is located at Will Design Studio where you can book in a consultation or Toolbox talk with a qualified Nzeb Professional.
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What is the nZEB standard?
‘Nearly Zero Energy Buildings’, nZEB means a building that has a very high energy performance where the nearly zero or very low amount of energy required should be covered to a very significant extent by energy from renewable sources including energy from renewable sources produced on-site or nearby“.
When Does it begin?
The European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive Recast (EPBD) requires that all new buildings should be nZEB by 31st December 2020 and all buildings acquired by public bodies by 31st December 2018.
This means that any building completed after 31st December 2020 must achieve the nZEB standard irrespective of when they were started. Therefore, a certificate of compliance with Building Regulations cannot be signed off and the building can not be occupied until the nZEB standard is met.
For public buildings the date is much sooner – 31st December 2018 – so if you work for the Public Authorities or build any public building whether they are schools or residential developments, you have to provide nZEB standards.
How difficult is it to achieve nZEB?
There have been an number of residential developments achieving these standards and because the Building Regulations Part L have been progressing towards nZEB, a 20% improvement on the 2011 Part L revisions will bring you in line with nZEB