Property body works to help tenants reduce energy use

Published:  12 July, 2007

The British Property Federation is producing a new solution for measuring, benchmarking and reducing the energy use of tenants in commercial buildings, with the support of a £140 000 award from the Carbon Trust.

The project will build on an existing BPF initiative to enable property owners to create landlord’s energy statements for their buildings. These statements report on the energy used by services controlled by landlords and rate them in comparison with similar buildings used for similar purposes.

The new project covers the energy consumed by the users of buildings, so that a complete and more detailed picture can be built up of total energy use — a tenant’s energy review (TER).

Industry leaders hope that having both ratings will enable the property industry to help the Government meet the carbon-reduction targets laid out in the recent Climate Change Bill.

Liz Peace, chief executive of the British Property Federation says, ‘To continue our relationship with the Carbon Trust on this exciting project is a sign of the BPF’s progress in ensuring that sustainability and the reduction of emissions is a central focus of our industry. In collaborating with the British Council for Offices and CIBS, we are ensuring that we have all the key players on board to further enhance what is already a valuable tool in the battle against climate change.’

Karen Germain, head of networks at the Carbon Trust, said, ‘Working with the British Property Federation enables us to leverage much larger industry participation, and the outcome of this initiative will enable industry to agree on a set process which should lead to reducing energy consumption. The project will allow tenants and landlords to better communicate and manage energy consumption and carbon-dioxide emissions.’

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