Commercial buildings must be increasingly more energy efficient to comply with the minimum requirements and avoid incurring a fine. The UK government is expected to raise the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for commercial premises over the coming years. Upgrading building fabric in your commercial premises is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to increase your business’ energy performance.
Windows can account for over a quarter of a building’s heat loss. Whilst double glazing is a minimum requirement when replacing windows, why not go one step further and upgrade to triple glazing to reduce heat loss by an additional 65%? Consider installing high-performance glass which has a film to increase its insulative properties.
Not only can draughts cause an uncomfortable working environment, but up to 15% of total energy is lost through the building fabric. Strengthen your building’s energy performance by investing in insulation and draught-proofing measures. Insulation pads, draught-stripping, solar blinds, and PVC strips are some of the least disruptive installations that come at a low capital cost.
Upgrading during a refurbishment can mitigate the disruption of installing larger measures such as external cladding, internal wall and floor insulation, draught-lobbies, and suspended ceilings.
The suitability of different building fabric upgrades is dependent on your business and your processes. Please speak with one of our dedicated Project Officers or your supplier for bespoke advice.
We recommend you discuss specific building requirements and technical details with a supplier who will be able to suggest the best options for you and your premises. For a list of suppliers and consultants, please visit our Supplier Directory.
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