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'How energy-efficient is your building?' by Alan King

Alan King, Director of Syntegra Consulting

Alan King, Director of Syntegra Consulting

Not everyone knows this, but buildings produce nearly half of the UK’s carbon emissions – almost twice that of cars and planes. The EU knows about high carbon emissions from buildings, hence the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) in 2002.

The UK too is ramping up its energy efficiency targets and legislation for buildings. Since 2009, it has been compulsory for all properties rented out or sold to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).

This new EPC market in the UK is currently estimated to be worth £500 million a year, and is set to increase. And the energy assessment market will continue to grow with it.

Syntegra Consulting Ltd was formed in direct response to the EPBD and to the increasing green legislation for the UK built environment. In 2009, we carried out more than 1,500 energy assessments for our property homeowner clients alone. In total, we made recommendations for savings of more than £161,000 a year on energy bills, and for reducing carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1,062 tonnes a year.

So, energy audits have become the MOT for buildings. The UK Green Building Council (of which Syntegra is a member) has started discussions about further legislation to encourage reduced carbon emissions from small businesses, and for all commercial buildings. It won’t be long before all buildings will have to have a Display Energy Certificate that specifically shows their running costs in terms of energy efficiency.

What we at Syntegra Consulting offer is energy audits. Small business clients of K&H in the south-east of England can benefit from our free energy grant assistance, and, for larger clients, we can offer a free LED lighting feasibility study alongside a building energy assessment.

If you would like to learn more, then please email me or visit the Syntegra Consulting website.

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