Report highlights confusion over energy efficiency in commercial buildings

October 21st, 2014 Category: Commercial

There is still a lot of confusion over the regulation of commercial properties in the UK, it has been suggested.

A blog published by LandlordZone claimed that the regulations concerning energy efficiency in public buildings are still vague and ambiguous for a lot of commercial landlords.

The report suggested that the rules may result in some providers of commercial property attempting to implement the guidelines without fully understanding them.

According to official figures, 18 per cent of carbon emissions in the UK come from non-domestic buildings, which use 300TWh of energy per year.

In addition, the total floor area of business premises is predicted to increase by 35 per cent.

Much of the confusion stems from the introduction of private rented sector regulations, which are part of the Energy Act 2011.

Under section 49 of the act, landlords who intend to let commercial buildings after April 2018 must ensure they have a minimum efficiency rating.

The blog claimed that many landlords are still confused as to how the measurements will apply to them.

Energy efficiency is a growing issue for many businesses across the country. Not only does it affect the amount of money they have to pay but it also has an impact on the type of office buildings they choose and the layout of those offices.

Even something as seemingly trivial as the cleaning products used to tidy the building will play a key role in the sustainability of that building.

For this reason, it is essential that both business owners and landlords are clear on exactly what they need to do.

Not only will it encourage firms and property owners to be more environmentally friendly, it will also contribute to the UK reducing its carbon footprint and meeting EU energy targets.