This version incorporates version 5.2b of SBEM (released April 2014).
Version 5.2b of SBEM is for use in England and Jersey only, users can carry out Part L 2013 Building Regulations Compliance checks, and EPC Assessments. This version of SBEM should also be used for assessments done for the purposes of the Jersey Building Bye-laws Part 11. For all other assessments (Including all assessments to be carried under Wales, Scotland, or Northern Ireland regulations) users should continue to use version 1.7.3 of Carbon Checker which incorporates v4.1e of SBEM.
(Users in England will continue to be able to lodge using 1.7.3 of Carbon Checker until midnight on the 5th of June 2014. After this time, all lodgements carried out in England must be made using the new version 1.8.0 of Carbon Checker.)
Due to delays in the approval process for new software tools using the SBEM version 5.2b engine, DCLG have extended the period where they will be accepting lodgements carried out using the 4.1e SBEM engine. The new cut off date for lodgements under the old version will be midnight on 5th June 2014.
For our users this means that will be able to continue to use Carbon Checker 1.7.3 until this date.
We have completed work on the new version of Carbon Checker (version 1.8.0), which incorporates the new version of SBEM and will be making it available to download for our users next week.
On the 06th of April version 5.2a of SBEM will be released.
Projects will continue to be able to be lodged using version 4.1e of SBEM until 06th May.
We are currently working on releasing a new version of Carbon Checker which will incorporate the new SBEM engine along with some usability improvements. The release date is not yet confirmed but it will be available before the 06th of May.
Versions prior to U 3.4.5 release 461 will expire on 19th March 2013, to ensure that you can access the software after this date you will need to auto update to the latest version and request a new licence code.
This version incorporates version 4.1e of SBEM (released January 2013)
The main changes in this version of SBEM are
changes to the definition of the notional building which should make it easier for some industrial buildings to comply with Building Regulations:
Scottish EPCs now supported
The changes in more detail:
Applying modified specifications to metal-clad constructions as specified in the updated 2010 NCM Modelling Guide (PDF).
Implementing the Northern Ireland 2012 Building Regulations compliance calculation.
Implementing the generation of XML files EPCs in Scotland, along with adding new related input parameters.
Implementing the calculation of the primary energy, for the purposes of both the XML file for EPC Scotland and the EPBD Recast reporting.
Implementing the requirements of the EPBD Recast regarding consideration of alternative energy systems in the design of new projects.
Modifying the reporting of results in the BRUKL output report with regards to U-values compliance for modular and portable buildings constructed from older modules on which the back-stops for U-values in the 2010 building regulations do not apply.
Modifying the reporting in SBEM so that the heating demand for unconditioned zones is displayed in the BRUKL output report (similar to the cooling demand).
Rectifying a problem that caused the bivalent calculation in SBEM to crash if it were run on certain platforms/operating systems.
Rectifying a problem that caused the calculation in SBEM to crash if there were no heat loss envelopes in the building.