Energy Measures Could Leave Landlords With Unlettable Properties

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There have been calls for landlords to ensure their office buildings have adequate energy efficiency measures to make sure they are not caught out by new performance requirements set to be introduced in 2018.

The Financial Times reports that a fifth of all British office buildings could well become unlettable within five years if property owners fail to not take sufficient action to cut their carbon (CO2) emissions.

Landlords will not be permitted to let out the least energy-efficient buildings if they come up short on things such as thermal insulation, lighting and electrics.

Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) measure properties against the criteria and then rank them from A to G. As it currently stands, some 20% of offices find themselves in the F and G categories to which the new rules will apply, according to data from the Department for Energy and Climate Change.

As the FT highlights, buildings trail only power generation and transport in terms of what contributes to Britain's CO2 emissions, according to the Carbon Trust.

Property analysts say that the changes are already having an impact on property values, with EPC ratings being duly factored into transactions, which proves that energy efficiency measures not only provide environmental benefits but financial ones too.

David Goatman, head of energy and sustainability at property consultant Knight Frank, suggests some landlords may not yet be fully aware of the importance of managing their energy.

"Bigger property owners with in-house compliance teams are coming to us, but smaller individual landlords might not even have assessed their assets yet, let alone quantified the potential impact on value," he explained to the FT.



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