DesignBuilder Certification

DesignBuilder certification
Fastest and easiest way to UK EPCs and Part-L2 compliance

The fastest and easiest way to generate UK EPCs and Part-L2 Building Regulations Compliance reports using a choice of the SBEM or DSM methods.

By using DesignBuilder I estimate that our establishments can process certificates up to 3 times as fast compared to the iSBEM method, this has allowed us to excel in the Scottish market, enabling us to become well established as a major player in Energy Performance Certificates in Scotland.
Michael Reilly, Director of Operations, CADmeleon
Michael Reilly, Director of Operations, CADmeleon

DesignBuilder's uniquely easy workflow coupled to the latest approved SBEM and DSM calculations allows you to provide your customers with an excellent quality service on time and on budget. Here are three specific ways DesignBuilder can help keep your building design and assessment costs down:

  • DesignBuilder is quick to learn and easy to use, minimising staff training and on-going project costs while boosting productivity.
  • DesignBuilder manages data input in an efficient manner that reduces errors while also providing a 3-D visual image of the building which can be interrogated at the click of a button to check that all entries are correct (Visualisation module required).
  • Low up-front software purchase and maintenance costs give you access to the latest performance evaluation technology at a cost you can afford.


Key Certification features

  • DesignBuilder SBEM is an approved high productivity replacement for iSBEM and gives you all the functionality you need to accurately produce EPCs and Part L2 Compliance reports with minimum time and effort.
  • Easily switch between SBEM and DSM modes to gain the best possible ratings.
  • Turn projects around in double-quick time using the powerful yet easy to use DesignBuilder 3-D modeller.
  • Generate EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates) for lodgement.
  • Building Regulations Compliance Checks for Part-L2 (England & Wales), Section 6 (Scotland), Part-F (Northern Ireland) and Part-L (RoI).
  • Suitable for Level 3 and 4 buildings (SBEM) and Level 5 buildings (DSM).
  • Provide both standard and custom recommendations reports
  • Seamless interoperability with DesignBuilder Visualisation, Simulation and CFD (these modules must be purchased separately).
  • DesignBuilder SBEM users find they can be at least twice as productive when compared with using the free iSBEM software helping give them a vital edge in a highly competitive market.
  • Accreditation schemes prefer lodgements through DesignBuilder as the intuitive 3-D interface helps reduce the likelihood of errors making the audit process much less onerous.
  • The Certification module is competitively priced and available through:
      ·   Annual subscription, with no lodgement fees (apart from those applied by your accreditation scheme), or
      ·   Pay as you go licensing with no upfront costs and low per lodgement fees.


Technical specifications

  • Produce EPCs for use in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and produce BERs in RoI. EPCs can be lodged to the National Landmark database through a number of Accreditation schemes.
  • Accredited Energy Assessors can generate EPCs and Building Regulation reports without a watermark.
  • Check building designs for compliance with Part-L2 Building Regulations (England & Wales), Section 6 (Scotland), Part-F (Northern Ireland) and Part-L (RoI).
  • Produce Non-Domestic Part-L2 Building Regulations Compliance Reports for Building Control.
  • Import 2-D CAD floor plans, scanned paper drawings or 3-D BIM models.
  • Fast, accurate and reliable data entry using the state-of-the-art DesignBuilder 3-D modeller. Draw buildings in 3-D with blocks which can be copied, sliced, stretched and partitioned up into zones.
  • Internal arrangements of zones can be easily changed without having to redraw large sections of the model.
  • Constructions, glazing, lighting and HVAC data can be applied to multiple areas of the building in a single action using the powerful data inheritance function. This allows you to make global settings at building, block and zone levels.
  • DesignBuilder SBEM and DSM calculations work from the same 3-D building model data as the other DesignBuilder modules. You can switch at any time between SBEM, DSM and Simulation modes to obtain the design performance data you require. So for example once you have finished your compliance calculation you can generate overheating data to check the building against Criteria 3 of ADL2. You can readily investigate design alternatives to find cost-effective options giving the best overall performance.
  • Enter data for constructions using any data that is available in 4 different ways:
      ·   Enter layers of materials and automatically calculate U-value and Km using the approved calculation method.
      ·   Enter known U-value and Km data, where using early stage U-value estimates or if the data has been calculated
           in a external application like the BRE U-value calculator.
      ·   Select from a list of descriptions in the NCM library for existing buildings.
      ·   Use the NCM Inference procedures for an existing building when you only know the sector, age and construction type.



Certification is included in all of our Energy Assessor packages. If you would like to include it along with one of the other packages, then you can add it as an extra module.