New energy rating scheme for offices
A new scheme for rating the operational energy efficiency of UK offices, called NABERS UK, has been launched.
The scheme has been developed via the Design for Performance initiative led by the Better Buildings Partnership.
NABERS Energy ratings measure and verify the actual energy use of existing offices, providing a rating from 1-6 stars and helping building owners to accurately target, measure and communicate the energy performance of their buildings.
This investment grade rating can be used to demonstrate whether offices are on a net zero carbon trajectory and provide investors and occupiers with the confidence that the buildings they own and occupy are aligned with their climate change ambitions.
Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO at Better Buildings Partnership said: “The launch of NABERS UK marks a significant milestone for this project, but more importantly a huge leap forward for the industry in measuring and verifying the actual energy performance of UK offices.”
Kwasi Kwarteng MP, Minister of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said: “Our clear commitment to meet net zero carbon emissions by 2050 means every sector of the economy must take bold action to address emissions – including by tackling the energy efficiency of our buildings.”