Increased energy efficiency is something we can design into all buildings. It is very much in demand today, due to high energy costs and also the regulations concerning climate change. Auditing energy usage can help to define needs of a particular building as each has its own requirements depending upon its usage. For example – schools, churches, and offices are used at different times, and have different heating and airing requirements.
Improving such things as insulation and using the most technological advanced heating components can help to minimise the effects of climate change. We can achieve this by reducing or minimising carbon emissions. A Climate Change Act was introduced into the building trade in 2008, creating a legally binding framework to help contractors target areas considered important for improvements to the environment. Minimum standards for the energy consumption in all buildings were requested and higher standards were expected throughout the industry.
Energy Efficiency Checklist
Unfortunately to date contractors have underperformed in many areas of new build as well as the renovation of older properties. They are also way below the level the government requirements are requesting. Now is definitely the time for change. Here are a few reminders of things you can expect when building or refurbishing older properties:
- All new appliances must be the most energy efficient on the market.
- You should set temperatures of all heating systems at the most efficient level and be easily adjustable.
- Thermostats should be available in all areas.
- All windows and doors must be of the highest quality insulation, and kept clean at all times to allow for natural lighting.
- All doors should be of the ‘self closing’ variety to avoid heat wastage.
- You must fit cavity or solid wall insulation to all areas.
- Loft insulation should be considered mandatory.
- You must comply with all energy performance certification.
If only we adhered to these few suggestions, then contractors could be well on the way to assisting measures to reduce climate change.
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