12 February 2019
The built environment accounts for 40% of worldwide energy-related CO2 emissions [source: International Energy Agency], the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction reports that global building sector CO2 emissions are up 3% since 2010. Clearly something needs to be done.
SHW take our role vis-à-vis the environment seriously, and at the forefront of our activities is energy efficiency, and the new MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) is legislation we can utilise to help clients make buildings better places to live and work in. With the use of cutting-edge reporting software, detailed reports of costed improvement measures in terms of insulation, lighting, heating, renewable energy and other criteria to raise a property’s EPC rating.
Energy efficiency reporting can also be useful in a business context. A recent LPA Receivership instruction for an industrial premises in Staffordshire for example demonstrated there were no realistic improvements which could be made to the existing building to make it comply with MEES legislation, thus making it easier to sell the building on for redevelopment.
Thomas Coulson, SHW’s Head of Sustainability said: “The noticeable increase in sustainability being a bigger driver and decision maker on board reports can only be a good thing for the industry. This is clearly supported by the RICS as seen in their publications of an insight paper on ‘MEES Impact on UK property management and valuation’, and guidance note on ‘Environmental risk and global real estate, 1st edition – November 2018’.”