According to the latest figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government commercial buildings are scoring on average a ‘C’ energy rating.
Since April this year all commercial buildings with a total floor area greater than 10,000 metres square have had to secure Energy Performance Certificates when they are built, sold or rented and so far 500 large commercial buildings have been assessed.
From today (July 2) this requirement will be extended to all business premises over 2,500 metres square.
Assessors have highlighted five key areas where building owners could make immediate improvements.
|Five Key areas where improvements can be made:|
Installing solar water heating
Undertaking a review of boiler plant to look for energy efficiency improvements.
Introducing more energy efficient lighting
Introducing solar control measures - reflective coating, shading devices to windows - to reduce cooling demand
Introducing electronic control gear to improve efficiency of fluorescent lighting
A CLG spokesman said: “If businesses undertake these recommended improvement significant energy savings can be made and reductions in CO2 emissions.”
Housing Minister Iain Wright said: 'Buildings are responsible for almost 50 per cent of the UK's energy consumption and carbon emissions.
'We have a long way to go, but EPCs are a starting point for businesses to get clear information on how they can save money on their fuel bills and cut carbon emissions too.
“It is important that this should be available to prospective buyers and tenants of all commercial buildings so we look forward to extending EPCs to the rest of the sector in October. Smaller businesses need to be thinking now about how they could be affected and what they need to do to get ready.”