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Free guide on energy rating of buildings

02 January 2008

Mitsubishi Electric has produced an independent guide about the introduction of energy performance certificates, and the implications of rising energy costs, to help occupiers increase their knowledge of, and demand for, more environmentally efficient property.
to Building Energy Ratings

The changing face of construction in the 21st Century demands that designers, specifiers and suppliers work as teams to create better buildings for occupants which also make less impact on the environment.
From early 2009, existing buildings will be measured in terms of their energy performance, and in some cases they will have to display energy rating certificates. To help those involved in the industry to find their way around the certification process and likely future legislation, environmental control specialist Mitsubishi Electric has produced a free, independent guide to Building Energy Ratings.

Over the next decade, Mitsubishi Electric believes that the introduction of energy performance certificates and continued hikes in energy costs will increase occupiers’ knowledge of, and demand for, more environmentally efficient property.

“There is growing concern that organisations will not want to occupy high energy use buildings which will damage their environmental credentials,” explained Commercial Director Donald Daw. “The equipment in the average commercial office building is going to come under much closer scrutiny than it ever has, and facilities managers are going to be kept very busy over the next few years.”

Adding to this pressure, is the news that operational ratings, initially intended only for public sector buildings, may be extended to the private sector.

The guide draws attention to survey results from Gensler architects and consultants (2006) which show that 75% of architects and consultants in the property development field believe that energy labelling will decrease the value and transferability of their existing building stock. There is also growing concern among the majority that some properties are valuation time-bombs, which will receive low ratings because of poor investment in improving energy performance.

The asset rating calculation assumes a standardised use of the building, as well as standardised conditions of climate, control and management.

Mitsubishi Electric’s educational CPD accredited industry guides aim to assist employees and customers on how to successfully work together to increase their knowledge of the latest technology, legislation and markets – how to find environmentally sustainable solutions.

Download your free copy of this and other industry information guidesunder the Tools & Resources section

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