Minimum energy performance standards for commercial buildings.

From 1 April 2018 the Minimum energy performance standard will come into force as part of the Energy act 2011.  The key aim is to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.

So what does this mean for buildings in the future?

All buildings in the private rented sector will need to achieve a minimum energy performance rating of E before they can be let to new tenants.  For existing leases, the new standard will come into force on 1 April 2023.  The ultimate goal is for the commercial property sector to be achieving a minimum of band C by 2030.

Significant pressure is therefore being put on building owners to ensure their buildings are up to scratch to meet the upcoming legal requirements.  It looks like there is a lot of work to be done, however reducing energy efficiency in buildings is achievable by making the right changes and having effective systems in place.

It is widely accepted that energy efficient buildings are the way forward. Building controls integration will reshape the future of our buildings and are a key solution to improving efficiency. Most buildings will already have a building energy management system (BEMS) in place, but do the owners know what the system can do?

Surprisingly many building owners and managers do not have a full understanding of the controls that are in place in their building and the benefits they could bring.  With careful monitoring and correct operation, a BEMS can effectively reduce energy waste to a minimum. A simple survey of a building’s controls can be an effective starting point in achieving energy efficient buildings for the future.