5.1 The TER and TFEE rate are based on a dwelling of the same size and shape as the actual dwelling, constructed to a concurrent specification. If the actual dwelling is constructed entirely to this specification it will meet the TER and better the TFEE rate and therefore pass Criterion 1. Table 4 provides a summary of the concurrent notional building specification. More detailed information can be found in SAP 2012 Appendix R.
5.2 It should be noted, however, that the concurrent notional building specifications are not prescriptive and may not be the most economic specification in every case. Designers are free to explore the most economic specification to meeting the TER and TFEE rate in each case, provided that this specification meets all other provisions within this approved document, in particular the limiting fabric parameters in Table 2.
5.3 Some builders may prefer to adopt model design packages rather than to engage in design for themselves. Such model packages of fabric U-values, boiler seasonal efficiencies, window opening allowances etc should, if suitably robust, help the builder achieve compliance. The construction industry may develop model designs for this purpose and make them available on the Internet at: www.modeldesigns.info
5.4 It will still be necessary to demonstrate compliance in the particular case by going through the procedures described in paragraphs 2.8 to 2.17.
Table 4 Summary of concurrent notional dwelling specification
Table 4 Summary of concurrent notional dwelling specification (continued)