Be Seen Energy Monitoring Assessments Guidance

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This consultation is now closed.

The Mayor is committed to London becoming a zero-carbon city. This will require reduction of all greenhouse gases, of which carbon dioxide is the most prominent. To truly achieve net zero-carbon buildings, we need to have a better understanding of the actual operational energy performance of buildings and work towards bridging the ‘performance gap’ between their design and actual energy use.

This draft guidance provides further details on the ‘be seen’ stage of the energy hierarchy set out in the Mayor’s emerging London Plan which requires monitoring and reporting of the actual operational energy performance of buildings for at least five years post construction.

The guidance is aimed at those involved in the planning, design, construction, delivery and operation of development. It includes a reporting template which applicants will be expected to use. It applies to major developments and sets out what each responsible party needs to do to comply with the policy from the inception stage of a development to full occupancy. The guidance and the template can be viewed in the documents library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers is also available.

What has happened so far

The guidance has been developed with technical expertise from Verco and through engagement with a wide range of stakeholders including developers and industry experts. UCL has provided support in developing the “be seen” monitoring portal.

The draft guidance was also published for information in April 2020.

This consultation version supersedes that document and is presented in a slightly revised structure; however, the process and methodologies outlined in the guidance remain the same.


The energy hierarchy and associated targets. The hierarchy is 1) Be learn: use less energy (Energy efficiency target); 2) Be clean: supply energy efficiently; 3) Be green: use renewable energy (35% on site carbon reduction); 4) Offset (Zero carbon target)A person using an energy meter.



How you can take part

We would now like to get your feedback on the Be Seen Energy Monitoring Assessment guidance. Please tell us your views by completing our short survey below.

We will be running a consultation event on the technical aspects of the ‘be seen’ guidance and portal aimed at developers, architects, housing associations, environmental or planning consultants, and industry professionals. This will be a joint event which will also focus on the technical aspects of Whole Life-Cycle Carbon Assessment guidance.

If you have any queries about this consultation, please email EnergyMonitoringLPG@london.gov.uk


Equality Impact Assessment

The equality implications of the draft guidance have been assessed through an Equality Impact Assessment which can be viewed in the document library on the right hand side. Please share your views on our assessment and any potential equality impacts by completing our short survey below.

An alternative version accessible to screen readers is also available.


What happens next

All feedback will be reviewed and a consultation summary document will be published alongside the final guidance - this is likely to be summer 2021.


Equipment inside an energy centre

This consultation is now closed.

The Mayor is committed to London becoming a zero-carbon city. This will require reduction of all greenhouse gases, of which carbon dioxide is the most prominent. To truly achieve net zero-carbon buildings, we need to have a better understanding of the actual operational energy performance of buildings and work towards bridging the ‘performance gap’ between their design and actual energy use.

This draft guidance provides further details on the ‘be seen’ stage of the energy hierarchy set out in the Mayor’s emerging London Plan which requires monitoring and reporting of the actual operational energy performance of buildings for at least five years post construction.

The guidance is aimed at those involved in the planning, design, construction, delivery and operation of development. It includes a reporting template which applicants will be expected to use. It applies to major developments and sets out what each responsible party needs to do to comply with the policy from the inception stage of a development to full occupancy. The guidance and the template can be viewed in the documents library.

An alternative version that is accessible for screen readers is also available.

What has happened so far

The guidance has been developed with technical expertise from Verco and through engagement with a wide range of stakeholders including developers and industry experts. UCL has provided support in developing the “be seen” monitoring portal.

The draft guidance was also published for information in April 2020.

This consultation version supersedes that document and is presented in a slightly revised structure; however, the process and methodologies outlined in the guidance remain the same.


The energy hierarchy and associated targets. The hierarchy is 1) Be learn: use less energy (Energy efficiency target); 2) Be clean: supply energy efficiently; 3) Be green: use renewable energy (35% on site carbon reduction); 4) Offset (Zero carbon target)A person using an energy meter.



How you can take part

We would now like to get your feedback on the Be Seen Energy Monitoring Assessment guidance. Please tell us your views by completing our short survey below.

We will be running a consultation event on the technical aspects of the ‘be seen’ guidance and portal aimed at developers, architects, housing associations, environmental or planning consultants, and industry professionals. This will be a joint event which will also focus on the technical aspects of Whole Life-Cycle Carbon Assessment guidance.

If you have any queries about this consultation, please email EnergyMonitoringLPG@london.gov.uk


Equality Impact Assessment

The equality implications of the draft guidance have been assessed through an Equality Impact Assessment which can be viewed in the document library on the right hand side. Please share your views on our assessment and any potential equality impacts by completing our short survey below.

An alternative version accessible to screen readers is also available.


What happens next

All feedback will be reviewed and a consultation summary document will be published alongside the final guidance - this is likely to be summer 2021.