Energy Assessors and Commercial Property Owners
Technoshade firmly believe effective solar shading can make significant reductions to energy consumption both commercially, and at home.
The desire to reduce our collective carbon footprint is a major driver of government and EEC initiative at present.
In the UK, 40% of all energy consumption is building related. Air conditioning and heating are the major contributors to the ever growing cost of gas and electricity bills, not to mention their impact on our environment.
A growing amount of legislation concerning energy use in the built environment is also being passed, with growing emphasis being placed on the polluter to pay its costs.
The recent changes in Building Regulations place these responsibilities on the designers of sustainable buildings, and call for them to approach Solar Shading as the first consideration in the provision of energy efficient projects.
EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) Part L1 and Part L2
“To promote the improvement of the energy performance of buildings within the community, taking into account outdoor climatic and local conditions, as well as indoor climate requirements and cost”
Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) – required now for any commercial building which is sold, let or built
Display Energy Certificates (DEC) – required for all public buildings over 1000m2. Certificate must be on display
Examples of legislation that indirectly affects energy use in buildings:
Carbon Reduction Commitment – aimed at major uses of energy this will be a cap and trade scheme – i.e you will be given a limit on emissions and if you produce more you will have to buy carbon credits. A league table of polluters will be published annually
Energy Services Directive – requires UK to reduce energy consumption by 9% by 2017 and for the UK public sector to take an exemplary role.
Legislation is becoming more onerous and the prospect is it will only get more stringent. The common light bulb, unchanged for over a century, will be withdrawn from sale within the next two years as a result of legislation.
SAP (Standard Assessment Procedure) – Measurements procedure for showing compliance with Part L for dwellings
SBEM (Simplified Building Energy Model) – Measurements for showing compliance with Part L for non-domestic dwellings
BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) – The BREEAM family of assessment methods and tools are all designed to help construction professionals understand and mitigate the environmental impacts of the developments they design and build.
Solar shading is included in all these models, although not with the emphasis that we believe is warranted.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Corporate Responsibility is the management of a company’s impact on society, and the environment, in recognition that the impact of a business goes beyond strict legal, financial and regulatory responsibilities.
Publicly quoted companies are obliged to include reporting on corporate responsibility in their annual reports, and many have significant details provided on their websites.
Public and private sector organisations want to be seen acting in a responsible manner, and reducing energy emissions through solar shading could be one way.