• International Workplace
  • 14 September 2007

How green is your building?

Over recent years, energy efficiency has become a hot topic for businesses. There is a growing demand on employers to manage buildings more efficiently, thereby saving energy in the workplace. In 2006, new responsibilities were placed on building owners, surveyors, facilities managers and tenants to tackle energy efficiency in all new buildings and when refurbishing existing buildings, under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and Part L of the Building Regulations. Since then, there have been several key developments affecting workplace managers and adding weight to the Government’s drive to cut carbon emissions and reduce the effects of global warming. Workplace Law Network has this month released brand new guidance on the subject of energy-efficient buildings. The Energy Performance of Buildings 2008 special report provides an in-depth insight into the implications of key developments in energy management and the requirements of legislation. The report includes comprehensive guidance on:
  • The European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive
  • The UK and EU Emissions Trading Schemes
  • The new Building Regulations
  • Energy Performance Certificates
  • Energy logbooks and their practical application
  • Carbon footprints
  • Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme
  • The Climate Change Bill
  • The energy market
  • The Stern review
·         The Carbon Reduction commitment
  • Government’s Energy White Paper
  • CIBSE’s Low Carbon Register
  • Airtightness
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable facilities management
  • Renewables
  • Greenhouse gases

·         Low and zero carbon technologies 

The special report includes interviews and contributions from leading experts in energy management in the UK, including the Environmental Industries Commission, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Carbon Trust Enterprises, Energy Services and Technology Association, and energy management services provider pemXq, as well as key figures from the facilities management industry.

Key questions answered:

  • How will my buildings be affected by energy regulation?
  • Which buildings require energy certificates, and when?
  • What are the cost-implications of an energy-inefficient building?
  • How are carbon footprints measured and how can they be reduced?
  • What should FMs be doing to tackle the issue of energy?
 Mick Dalton, Immediate Past-Chairman of BIFM, comments: “This report is certainly one needed in our industry to highlight some of the issues we all now face and are well aware of.  This report will give you the views from the leading people engaged in the debate on energy and climate change.” This comprehensive new special report will help you get to grips with energy performance in your buildings, understand your legal responsibilities, streamline costs and help you spend budgets wisely.

The Energy Performance of Buildings 2008: Special Report is a downloadable-only publication, providing instant access upon purchase. The price of this report is £89.99 plus VAT.  To purchase online go to:


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