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Written by Peter Tse, Senior Design Consultant, Sustainable Construction Group, BSRIA.
Non-domestic buildings in the UK are responsible for about a fifth of the country’s total carbon emissions. As the majority of existing buildings will still be in use by 2050, improving energy performance of existing buildings is important to help the country to meet their emission reduction targets. BSRIA provides some useful tips on how to help reduce Carbon within your organisation.
Energy can be saved by better control and management of the systems with the highest energy consumption. In non-domestic buildings, the installed Heating, Ventilation and Cooling system (HVAC) is normally the highest energy consumer. This is closely followed by lighting and small power loads such as computers both of which are sources of internal heat gains.
To enhance energy performance of buildings in operation, operators and occupants have vital roles to play. The following list is low-cost or no cost energy efficiency measures that the operators can implement in their buildings. Some of these measures require occupants’ cooperation and will help encourage the desired behaviour change.
Energy can be saved by:
Stress-free compliance with Building Regulations, including airtightness, sound insultation and ventilation