Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Challenges Lie Ahead in Offices with Green Blueprint!

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Challenges Lie Ahead in Offices with Green Blueprint!

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SUSTAINABILITY and efficiency are now key factors in developing office accommodation, says TONY HORDON, offices director at commercial property specialists DTZ in Newcastle THERE is no doubt that sustainability is very much on the corporate agenda despite the recession and the continued pressure on office viability and design.

The office sector is incredibly important, given its scale, with buildings responsible for around 50% of totalUKcarbon emissions and the commercial office sector accounting for 34% of the buildings total. s

As a result the sector has a rersponsibility to lead and play its part in supporting the various government initiatives in legislation to reduce the impact on the environment. The challenge, as always, will be 'cost versus value' and ensuring the new initiatives and the legislation continue to support modern design and ways of working.

The Government has introduced a number of initiatives and legislation, most notably the Carbon Reduction Commitment (CRC) energy efficiency scheme.

It is estimated that the scheme will save organisations pounds 1bn and more than 4 million tons of CO each year by 2020.

Other initiatives include the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive, which makes the whole property stock accountable to the demands of increased energy efficiency.

To meet its ambitious pledge to cut carbon dioxide by 60% by 2050, the UK government has issued new legislation through part revisions and EPCs.

Sustainability and efficiency is not a standalone feature of buildings that can be bolted on, almost as an afterthought. Quite the opposite, it is an ever prevailing phenomenon that is bringing about a revolution in the way we go about the business of designing and building offices.

The challenge to the designer will be to meet the new legislation with innovative solutions in ensuring the primary function of the building is maintained, whilst supporting the business and the brand, but not at a cost that ultimately makes schemes unviable. …

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