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Landlords should act now to meet upcoming energy-efficiency regulations

The latest issue of Modern Building Services featured an article that caught our eye (‘The quick-win response to impending legislation’ – March 2016). The piece looks at The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 - forthcoming Government legislation that aims to improve building stock in England and Wales.

The regulations, which come into effect on 1st April 2018, make it illegal for landlords to let properties that do not meet certain minimum energy-efficiency standards. Commercial buildings account for 18 per cent of the UK’s total CO2 emissions, and it is hoped that these measures will see real progress made in carbon reduction within the sector.

Not only will the legislation mean landlords are unable to let substandard properties, non-compliant building space will also be difficult to sell, as potential buyers may be put off by the prospect of carrying out upgrades in order to bring the property up to standard.

Heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems are a major source of energy consumption within commercial buildings and as such they present an opportunity to make significant savings.

The deadline may be two years away, but we’re encouraging landlords to begin planning HVAC upgrades now, as it’s likely that contractors will be extremely busy as the cut-off date approaches. By having their air-handling systems inspected and, where necessary, upgraded now, landlords can not only ensure they achieve compliance well inside the deadline, they’ll be making their property more desirable to tenants who pay the energy bills.

If you’re a commercial landlord and are looking to enhance the energy-efficiency of your property, Gibbons are here to help. We are experienced in conducting energy audits for clients in the commercial sector, including comprehensive assessments of HVAC systems. We identify areas for potential savings and issue a detailed report containing essential data and action plans.

For more information on how Gibbons can help you meet the upcoming Government legislation while making your building more attractive to prospective tenants, call us on 01621 868138 or email

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