commercial buildings

One fifth of landlords have property below minimum EPC rating

Research by RSM UK shows that nearly one fifth of UK landlords (18%) surveyed still have commercial properties with an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of F or G. Legislation comes in on 1st April 2023 that means all commercial let properties must have a minimum EPC rating of E by this date. The government has […]

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BPF report highlights decarbonisation challenges for property sector

The British Property Federation (BPF), in partnership with JLL, has released a report identifying the key challenges the property sector faces as it decarbonises and provides a series of policy recommendations. The research found that access to data is a major challenge, making it difficult to calculate accurate operational carbon and set realistic carbon reduction targets. […]

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Report published on technology-agnostic approach to decarbonising buildings

The Sustainable Energy Association (SEA) and partners’ latest report, details the benefits of a technology-agnostic approach to decarbonising buildings. The SEA has long advocated for a ‘fabric-first’, holistic approach to decarbonising buildings and this report brings together expertise from across the industry to explain why incorporating a diverse range of low-carbon technologies into heat and […]

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BCO releases new guide for greener offices

The British Council for Offices (BCO) has released an early update to its Guide to Specification, providing expert advice on how to specify office space. The BCO Guide to Specification update has been developed in consultation with experts from across the industry, including agents, investors, occupiers, and developers – it advises designers how to create healthier […]

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CASE STUDY: supermarket cuts heating bill with Heat Recovery Unit (HRU)

A busy supermarket reduced its annual heating bill by 89.7% by making use of the waste heat from its refrigeration system. A Danfoss Heat Recovery Unit (HRU) now recycles it to heat the Danish store’s 1,900 m2 and provide plenty of hot tap water year-round. The best part, according to store manager Morten Birkebæk, not one […]

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Case study: flexible boiler for busy restaurant

Paul Hawkins looks at how the latest modular commercial boiler systems can provide a flexible, space-saving solution without compromising output. At Vokèra by Riello we believe the concept of system flexibility holds the key to meeting the diverse needs of the commercial sector. Indeed, we know from our extensive experience of working with specifiers and […]

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Collaboration announced between Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and UKGBC

The Sustainable Hospitality Alliance and the UKGBC will collaborate on research and data sharing, and pilot initiatives and standardisation. This partnership will combine the alliance’s sector-specific expertise and reach into the hospitality industry with UKGBC’s technical expertise to enable both organisations to enhance the sustainability of new and existing hotel properties. Glenn Mandziuk, CEO, Sustainable […]

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Cool solutions for convenience stores

With the grocery sector producing the biggest share of retail’s carbon emissions, improving the energy efficiency of systems that keep refrigeration equipment at accurate temperatures for food safety will also be key to meeting the British Retail Consortium’s commitment to net zero by 2040. Gareth Ash, Marketing Communications Manager at Danfoss, considers the solutions for […]

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Waitrose accelerates heat pump plans

Waitrose has revealed its plans to speed up the installation of heat pumps in its stores to combat rising energy prices. It is switching from fossil fuel heating to electric heat pumps in stores, with 100% of the electricity it purchases already coming from zero carbon UK-based renewable energy sources. By 2028 it will have […]

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DIGITAL FESTIVAL: Decarbonising Food & Drink

Next month elemental is running a three-day digital festival – from 6th to 8th December – looking at some of the challenges facing food & drink businesses looking to decarbonise their buildings. Energy efficiency in food production – 11am, 6th December First up on 6th December, we have a session hosted by Rachel England addressing food production […]

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