Minister calls for energy efficient buildings
Buildings account for around half of all CO2 emissions in the UK, according to a government source.
Communities minister Mike Wright has called for the business community to work together to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.
He claimed that the UK could save 40 million tonnes of carbon by 2020 if government and businesses worked together.
Mr Wright said: "Driving up energy efficiency in buildings, means more than improving the fabric of the buildings.
"It means ensuring they are used and managed in a sustainable way."
From April 6th large commercial properties and new homes will need an energy performance certificate (EPC). By October all buildings including small and medium-sized companies, will need the same certificate.
The EPC will be a standard measure of the energy efficiency of a building so it can be used in comparison against others.
It will be the first time consumers will know the energy efficiency of their building.
The EPC forms part of the EU energy performance of buildings directive, which all member states must adopt by 2009.
Article Date: 04 April 2008
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