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Appeal for private sector buildings to display efficiency rating

16 June 2011 No Comment

MPs and property directors have appealed for a change to the Energy Bill, which would force private sector buildings to display their energy efficiency.

The appeal has been supported by both The UK Green Building and British Property Federation and initial reviews were carried out at The House Of Commons.

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Building’s energy efficiency

Current regulations already state that all public sector businesses must display their building’s energy effiency ratings to customers on official display energy certificates.

It is thought the amendments will encourage private sector commercial landlords to introduce energy saving additions such as building cladding to their properties.

Petition for change

Cal Bailey, who is one of many property director leaders to have signed a petition backing the amendment, claimed that the overwhelming support for the changes should be enough to force the Government’s hand.

Speaking to The Yorkshire Post, he said: “This is an extraordinary alliance of property professionals. Both non-governmental organisations and industry leaders in property are agreed as to what the right course of action is.

“We are convinced we have got a good way of helping to deliver the Government’s target to reduce national carbon emissions by half by 2025.”

According to building.co.uk, it was environmentalist Tory Zac Goldsmith, who is the MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston, that created the petition.

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