There are just six months remaining until new legislation relating to minimum energy efficiency standards comes into force in the UK. When this is introduced in April next year, commercial properties with an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G will not be able to be rented until improvements have been made.
Landlord Today highlighted the deadline, noting that those with commercial property portfolios need to act now to ensure they aren’t caught out.
The publication advised landlords to reassess the EPCs for all of their properties, because energy assessors may not have up to date information about the building and as a result will base their rating on worst-case scenarios.
It also noted that listed buildings are not exempt from the legislation, and given that they are likely to fall into bands F or G when it comes to their energy efficiency, these are sensible buildings to start with if you have any in your portfolio.
Taking simple steps such as replacing single glazed sash windows in Gloucestershire with double glazing could make a big difference. Even if the building has listed status, you can still upgrade things like the windows if you enlist the help of a specialist.
Insulation in older commercial buildings is something else to look at and you need to work out whether the cost of undertaking this kind of work is worth it in the long run.
Making buildings more energy efficient won’t only benefit in terms of reducing heating costs, it will also make the environment more comfortable for employees. Although the HSE notes there is no set maximum or minimum temperature for a workplace because this varies based on the work being conducted, 16 degrees C is considered a reasonable temperature for an office.