Rob Liddiard, Rayan Azhari, Paul Ruyssevelt and Kathryn Janda
This consultation welcomes the initiative to introduce a new operational energy benchmarking scheme for larger commercial and industrial buildings. This scheme would introduce annual ratings and a disclosure requirement. It aims to encourage improved energy performance in these locations, and thus contribute to the UK’s net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goals.
However, CREDS researchers had some concerns. These included the rationale for the 1000 m2 threshold, and how this would apply in practice. A single business in a single location could be subject to the proposed scheme, yet a national chain occupying many small outlets (coffee shops, convenience stores etc.) would be left untouched.
The proposed scheme has been designed on the basis of large offices, but these are only a fraction of UK commercial and industrial buildings. What appears relatively simple for offices will not necessarily work for all building types and activities, so opportunities may be missed.
- Full consultation documents: Introducing a performance-based policy framework in large commercial and industrial buildings
Liddiard, R., Azhari, R., Ruyssevelt, P.A. and Janda, K. 2021. Introducing a performance-based policy Framework in large commercial and industrial buildings in England and Wales. CREDS consultation response 023 | June 2021.
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