09 Jan '14, 11am

Commercial property sector must speed up retrofit progress, says research from our member @UniofReading

Commercial property sector must speed up retrofit progress, says research from our member @UniofReading

The research, led by Professor Tim Dixon of the University’s School of Construction Management and Engineering, found that the commercial sector does not take a city scale view of energy efficiency projects and is therefore “city-blind” to retrofit opportunities, which is hampering progress. Despite a number of examples of light touch retrofit such as the installation of LED lighting and improved building management systems, the rate of retrofit remains slow. The research, which was based on nearly 40 interviews with key players from the sector, recommended major changes to policy and practice, including: The introduction of mandatory Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for the sector; A restructuring of the Green Deal and increased support from the UK Green Investment Bank at the city level; Better “performance in use” data; and Clear consistency in commercial retrofit ass...

Full article: http://www.ukgbc.org/news/commercial-property-sector-must...

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