Green Deal will force landlords towards energy efficiency

Published:  03 June, 2013

Commercial tenants could soon be using the Green Deal to drive landlords and their investors to be energy savvy, believes Michelle Giles, heat of carbon and energy at IMServe, a major independent energy-management provider. She explains that while the Green Deal is currently optional, by 2016 tenants can request energy-efficiency improvement, which landlords cannot unreasonably refuse and can result in a fine for non-compliance.

Michelle Giles says, ‘There does need to be a shift in attitude amongst landlords. In the current economic climate, would-be tenants will naturally be drawn to an alternative rental if the landlord has proactively refurbished their commercial property to address energy efficiency.

‘Energy-savvy landlords are not just those that look into the Green Deal, but look for a solution that is right for them, their building stock, their clients and their return on investment. In just three years’ time, tenants can request energy-efficiency improvements, and landlords will have to oblige. Therefore it is imperative to start working towards this goal.’



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