Campaign for green stamp of approval on more buildings

Green campaigners are lobbying for government legislation requiring all but the smallest commercial properties to display energy efficiency certificates.

Environment think tank BSIRIA is heading a campaign, championed by major building management firm NG Bailey, pushing for compulsory Display Energy Certificates (DECs)for all office buildings larger than 1000m2.

BSIRIA says in campaign publicity: “Carbon is invisible, out of sight and largely out of mind.

“Buildings represent the single largest cause of carbon release but this is poorly understood, and it is hard to differentiate between good and bad performers.

“There is now widespread agreement that DECs – prominently displayed in every building – will, over time, create the necessary awareness among occupiers which will drive a desire for buildings with better energy performance among tenants.

“And this will create differential rents incentivising landlords appropriately to undertake energy focused refurbishment.

“Government may be willing to support such legislation, and will find this easier if there is a groundswell of support from major businesses and industry bodies.”

Major trade body, the UK Green Building Council, is backing the campaign and urging members to sign up.

It has long lobbied for Display Energy Certificates (DECs) to be a legal requirement on buildings beyond those used by the public sector.

It argues wider use would boost awareness of energy efficiency amongst tenants and landlords and incentives become greener.

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David Gibbs

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