In a statement that may surprise some critics of the Energy Performance Certification scheme, energy consultancy firm CADmeleon has claimed that, in order to ensure the most effective form of sustainable benchmarking information, non-domestic EPCs are required as part of the equation.
The issue of the best way to establish a true indication of a building’s performance has stoked robust debate amongst industry experts, with some claiming that an EPC is merely a measure of performance. They claim that profiling actual usage is a more accurate indication of the sustainable value attached to the property whilst others argue that profiling past consumption has no bearing on the viability of the project for improvement and that operational consumption figures carry no measure of how green the building might be.
CADmeleon argues that both these assumptions are correct and that in order to effectively analyse energy performance, both actual and anticipated (potential) figures are required.
Bernard McKeown, managing director of CADmeleon, said, “Making actual and anticipated figures directly comparable brings the industry closer to an holistic approach to energy performance analysis which is more powerful than the sum of its component parts.
“A recent report from real estate giants Jones Lang Lasalle revealed that prospective tenants and purchasers of commercial real estate would benefit from both sets of data with a view to analysing a building’s energy efficiency.
“This is the very approach that we have taken when developing our Carbon Estates energy management tool, which specialises in the energy analysis of the built environment.”
The use of energy management tools like Carbon Estates allows organisations to future proof their estates by simulating retrofit solutions before determining the most effective course of action for refurbishment. Simulation and intelligent analysis of energy consumption allow for a sustainable benchmarking process integral to a carbon reduction strategy for the built environment.
For further information please contact Bernard McKeown tel 01259 222571
Issued on behalf of CADmeleon by Liquorice Media tel 0141 561 4018 www.liquorice-media.com
Date 29th June 10