Since 2006, the Building Regulations have demanded a high level of energy awareness from office refurbishments and new builds. This specifically applies to overall energy performance for electrical installations (including HVAC as well as lighting and IT), and to maximum carbon emissions permissible for businesses whose industry is not deemed to be energy intensive.
In other words â€“ when you have an office refurbishment, or commission the design and construction of new offices, you have to pay to go green.
Fortunately, planned environmental compliance, as well as good news for the future, isnâ€™t that much more expensive than the old technologies. The perceived cost of green energy retrofitting comes from the work it takes to get through to the bones and wires of your building, rather than the cost of replacing them with more efficient modern hardware. If you have to tear down a wall to get to the heating pipes, then the client pays not just for the new energy efficient heating system, and the modern insulation, but for removing and replacing the fabric of the building that was standing in the way.
If, on the other hand, energy efficiency is introduced as part of a whole or partial office refit, the extra cost incurred by installing god quality eco-friendly equipment is negligible: because the fabric of the building has been removed anyway, as part of the overall restructuring. This is why an office refurbishment project is the ideal time forÂ auditing the energy use of your business.
You can spread the cost of your energy efficiency through a number of initiatives, including the Carbon Trust and Green Deal initiatives. Pre-Green Deal schemes may offer interest free loans with favourable payback periods and figures: the Green Deal itself aims to take back the majority of the loan through future energy bills. Be sure that you investigate all subsidised financing options during the planning phase of your refit or eco-friendly fit out.
The real cost of going green, for your business, is dictated by the size, age and purpose of your premises as well as the actual monetary value of installing new hardware and taking out old equipment. If, for instance, you run a warehouse, whose large roof space could make solar panel installation an expensive proposition, it may be more effective for you to control your electricity use at the source by installing lighting sensors, dimmer switches and zone controls.
If you would like to know more about energy efficient refitting, or have any questions about how to bring down your business energy use, get in touch â€“ email Costas at firstname.lastname@example.org.