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Energy efficiency in your building

Posted on: 2011-11-20 12:35:50

Energy efficiency in your building

It has been estimated that over 40% of the UK’s energy consumption is building related.  This in turn produces about half of our carbon dioxide emissions and many other environmentally damaging pollutants which contribute to global warming.

Annual delivered energy consumption in offices can range from under 100 to over 1000 kWh/m² of treated floor area.  Although energy is used in buildings for the running of appliances and equipment, lighting and especially heating and cooling are significant both in terms of cost and environmental effect.  There is therefore not only a social obligation to make a building as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible, but a strong economic one.

Under the following legislation, energy performance certificates, display energy certificates, and air-conditioning inspections have been introduced to improve the energy efficiency of buildings:

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations SI 2007/991;

Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations SSI 2008/309;

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2008/170.

In addition, further building legislation sets standards for design and construction which apply to most new buildings as well as alterations to existing ones. They aim to ensure the health, safety, welfare and convenience of people in and around buildings, as well as the water and energy efficiency of buildings.

Further information on this subject can be found in the:

Building Regulations SI 2010/2214;

Building (Scotland) Regulations SSI 2004/406;

Building Regulations (Northern Ireland) SR 2000/389.

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Source: cedrec - legislation made simple