Commercial Properties To Upgrade Energy Efficiency
The Department of Energy and Climate Change has finally given clarity to privately-let commercial property owners by confirming that all premises meet the minimum band ‘E’ standard from April 1st 2018.
Once in force, the legislation will require the rating to be in place before a property can be leased to new tenants or an existing lease renewed, unless certain exemptions apply. This will be extended to cover all leases by 2023. There will, however, be limited exceptions that will apply if it is not cost effective for the landlord to undertake the necessary work.
Figures published in Business Quarter magazine reveals that currently around a quarter of all UK building stock falls into Energy Performance Certificate categories F and G, falling somewhat short of the new requirement. Failure to step up to the mark could result in inability to lease the building and fines of up to £150,000.
Environmental law expert, Linda Fletcher, explained: “From the moment government first mentioned its proposals for minimum energy efficiency standards, the real estate sector sat up and took notice, and the proposals have probably had more impact than any other energy efficiency policy or regulation introduced by the government even before any regulations have come into force.”
It is now key that landlords, investors and occupiers undertake the necessary measures to meet the required standards whether this is due to a high level of energy consumption as a result of lighting or inefficient heating and cooling systems.
A first step to improving efficiency should be proper maintenance. A study carried out by Johnson Controls in 2012 showed that best practices in building maintenance and operations can reduce HVAC energy usage by 10 to 20 percent, with poor maintenance increasing energy usage by 30 to 60 percent.
A simple and immediately effective means of tackling efficiency while making maintenance more effective is to install ECEX Air Intake Screens, which offer many benefits, including cutting energy usage, extending the life of equipment and reducing maintenance costs.
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