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Energy use in modern buildings 3.5 times higher than expected

Non-domestic modern British buildings consume over 3.5 times more energy than they are designed to, according to a report from Innovate UK.

The study, which examined 49 “leading-edge, modern buildings” in Britain with electricity use ranging from 28 to 367 kWh/m², also discovered that carbon emissions from non-domestic buildings are, on average, 3.8 times above the anticipated level. Alarmingly, only one of the buildings analysed had emissions that fell within its design estimate.

The report cited a “multitude of factors” but highlighted the fact that designers, constructors and contractors struggle to successfully integrate new technologies in buildings as a key factor.

When dividing a building’s lifetime costs, operation and maintenance – including energy bills – account for 80 per cent of the total. By incorporating energy-efficient models of equipment such as heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems within designs for new buildings, these lifetime costs can be minimised and controlled.

Gibbons HVAC Services boasts a wealth of experience within the non-domestic buildings sector, fitting its range of innovative air handling systems in hotels, hospitals, schools, food processing facilities and many more occupied spaces.

Our state-of-the-art air handling units (AHUs) are complemented by our range of ABB variable-speed drives, which enable precision control and minimal energy consumption. Return on investment is achievable within as little as 12 months, while servicing requirements are eased due to the low strain on components compared to less efficient equipment.

Find out more by calling Gibbons HVAC Services Manager Andrew Knight on 07850 204915 or email

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