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Online poll says property owners must do more on energy

An online poll carried out by www.hvnplus.co.uk indicates visitors to the website feel property owners could do more to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings.

Visitors to the site were asked whether property owners were doing enough to make their buildings more energy efficient.

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The results show that 89 per cent of respondents do not think property owners do enough, two per cent were undecided and nine per cent felt property owners were taking adequate action.

The original question was prompted by a speech by the president of American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers Bill Harrison at the H&V News Graduate of the Year Awards.

He said building services engineers had to do more to engage property owners and highlight the opportunities for major energy savings through simple efficiency measures, education of staff and ensuring equipment is operated properly.

In his speech he said: “It is time the technical societies and the owners got together around a table. Building owners waste billions a year and they don’t even realise it.

“We have to communicate more effectively. There are a lot of really good companies out there but there is frequently a disconnection between the engineering profession and owners and their agents.

“This is a local problem and it needs to be solved through local relationships. We need to meet with people and tell them about the problems of not operating their buildings properly.”

The issue was also raised by the winner of the H&V News Graduate of the Year Morwenna Wilson during her speech which highlighted the importance of education, training and communication.

She said: “I believe it is the operation and maintenance of a building that is the key to the success of the sustainability strategy, because no matter how robust the sustainable design for a building, if it is not operated and maintained in the manner intended by the designers, the building will not meet the sustainability target.”

A total of 57 people took part in the poll.

Report on Bill Harrison's speech on raising the profile of energy efficiency

View Morwenna Wilson's original presentation