Energy efficiency in commercial buildings

Energy efficiency in commercial buildings

If you have acquired the leasehold for your commercial property, then you are no doubt in a strong position when it comes to controlling not only your finances but the sustained growth of your company within the premises.

There are, however, still some aspects that remain out of your control and require you to rely on your landlord. Energy efficiency within the building is one such area and with the introduction of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards by the government, we’ve decided to take a look at what measures can and be should be taken.

From 1 April 2018, any commercial building with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating below E, will not be available to lease to new tenants. It is estimated that up to 20% of commercial properties do not currently meet this requirement and in order to avoid a heavy fine, all existing leaseholders must be compliant by April 1st 2023. It is clear that some landlords are going to have to work harder than others to achieve these targets and the recommendations within the EPC standards are going to be the starting point.

Aside from the legal requirements face by your landlord, what can you do in the meantime to help reduce and manage your energy bills more efficiently?

Secondary Glazing

The adaptability of secondary glazing allows it to be fitted into almost any type of building. This is particularly useful if the premises are older, or even Grade listed. The insulation of heat escaping through windows should be a priority to address and new builds that do not already have this will also need to updated. 

Insulating Window films

Aside from air ventilation and air infiltration, windows are where most of the heat is lost in a commercial building. These are simple plastic films that are applied to the window to control the heat flow and can help reduce heat loss by 20-30% in some cases.

Thermal Blinds

This is a very quick and cost effective way of bringing down your energy bills. There are a whole range of styles to choose from, including roman and roller blinds, and when combined with secondary glazing can produce fantastic results.

Radiator Reflector Panels

You may or may not be aware that your radiator emits heats in two directions – firstly into the room facing it and also directly behind onto the wall. Radiator reflector panels are specially treated aluminium foil that slot in behind the radiator to reflect the heat back into the room.

Office Equipment

Not only is having energy efficient equipment important but a good idea is having an office energy efficiency plan that is adhered to by members of staff. Computers are the most heavily used items during the day and it is vital to ensure their sleep modes operate on a low power. Make sure that kitchen equipment is switched off when not in use, which also applies to lighting at the end of the day, along with computers and any other equipment not required for essential use overnight.