Energy efficiency is something that many of us are now much more concerned about than ever before. Anybody who has built, rented or sold a property in recent years will have been obliged to obtain an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) and will be familiar with some of the factors which go towards calculating a property’s rating, such as loft and wall insulation, double glazing, the central heating system and lighting. If you’ve had an EPC done, you will also know that it’s possible to improve the energy efficiency, even of older buildings, with some relatively simple steps.
When it comes to new builds, we have the ability – many would say the duty – to incorporate energy efficiency into the plans. When we talk about energy efficiency in construction we may immediately think of things like sustainable building materials, solar power and sophisticated heat exchange systems for climate control. However, to achieve maximum energy efficiency in any construction project, we should really take a holistic view of everything from first fix right down to the choice of light fittings and LED bulbs, because there are efficiencies to be gained at almost every step along the way.