The British Council for Offices is hoping to highlight the growing importance of energy efficiency in office buildings, with a new report looking at upcoming European environmental regulations.
Put together by the BCO’s Environmental Sustainability Group, the report focuses on the need to reduce the overall carbon footprint of properties; this need has been facilitated by the European Directive CEN TC 350, which will mean that buildings in member states have to adhere to certain operational regulations.
New regulations are set to be introduced in the next few years which will also ensure that private office buildings – of a certain size – have to display an Energy Performance Certificate – which has been designed to display a strengthened commitment to co2 reduction.
Chief Executive of BCO, Richard Kauntze, commented on the report.
He said: “The environmental performance of the UK’s office stock is pivotal for the BCO and through this report we aim to demystify the concept of whole-life carbon measurement.”
The environmental friendliness of buildings in the UK is currently determined by the BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) rating – with an “Outstanding” rating awarded to buildings that have been constructed to feature significant energy efficiency measures.
One of PricewaterhouseCooper’s London offices was the first to be awarded an “Outstanding” rating back in 2010.
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