Neil Afram calls for SAP to be scrapped

"The Government's new "Your Freedom Website" (, launched this month by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, gives people the opportunity to suggest ideas on repealing unnecessary laws and stripping away excessive regulation on businesses, this provides our industry with the perfect opportunity to call for the, long overdue, scrapping of SAP." Suggests Neil Afram, Managing Director of Space Airconditioning plc, the Guildford based Daikin Distributors.

"SAP is the Government's Standard Assessment Procedure for Energy Rating of Dwellings but few in the housing construction and services industries have ever had anything positive to say about it." Claims Afram. "It is incapable of realistically representing current design practices or technological advancements and its software is riddled with embedded (hidden) data that disregards industry standards and is based on outdated, inaccurate or inappropriate assumptions." He continued.

"Despite detailed comments provided by industry representatives on the many issues concerning SAP during the most recent review consultation, we still have a highly complex - yet near useless assessment procedure, which cannot provide true or reliable energy ratings for new or existing dwellings and treats the efficiency benefits of renewable heat technologies such as heat pumps unfairly. If our Government is genuinely serious about achieving its carbon reduction targets for housing and cutting back on costly, pointless regulation and unnecessary bureaucracy, SAP should be scrapped in favour of a simplified building energy modelling programme similar to that used for buildings other than dwellings and which acknowledges current industry standards and performance data." Concluded Neil Afram.

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