Anyone who works with commercial buildings will have come across the EPBD at some point. For some it will have been a passing glance while reading. For others it will play a vital role in their day to day work activities.
Now more than ever the EPBD plays an increasingly important role in commercial building management.
Moreover, environmental standards play a role in decision making at all stages of the building lifecycle. From initial conception and design, to construction, maintenance and even demolition.
This is due to a number of factors. Increased consumer demand for more sustainable buildings. High energy usage of commercial buildings. Government led carbon targets. These have all played a role in forcing the commercial property industry to improve and go greener. Additionally, the EPBD offers a degree of transparency which other industries don’t have. We have seen car makers, clothing brands and other industries found guilty of greenwashing. However, the EPBD offers a level of transparency that you can’t outwit. If you claim your building is the most efficient ever and it gets an E rated EPC, you can’t spin your way out of it. Everyone will know you are lying. That’s the great thing about the EPBD. It sets out the framework for energy efficient buildings and holds you to account.
The EPBD is a fantastic piece of legislation. A certain success story from our relationship with the European Union. Indeed, one that will continue to play a vital role in the commercial property sector in the UK for years to come. For that reason, this we aim to shine a light on the legislation and answer some of the most common questions below.