Energy inefficient London buildings ‘should be phased out’

The UK’s least eco-friendly buildings need to be phased out by ministers before 2020, according to the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC).

Ministers are already considering the rollout of Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for commercial buildings in addition to public sector property, but the organisation believes that more needs to be done to improve Britain’s infrastructure.

DECs would encourage businesses to invest in eco-friendly strategies such as replacing old equipment with green office supplies in London and adopting a waste reduction strategy, by allowing clients and consumers to view the building’s energy efficiency.

Paul King, chief executive of the UKGBC, said: “Phasing out the worst performing buildings by setting minimum energy standards is essential if we’re to send a clear signal to the industry on what should be expected over the next few years.

“It is this clarity of policy direction that will spur innovation and enable the investment required in our leaky building stock.”

Last month, UKGBC called for Britain’s commercial and public buildings to improve from an average E energy rating to C by 2020 and A by 2050.ADNFCR-2805-ID-19581300-ADNFCR

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