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A number of the largest organisations in the UK’s commercial property industry have backed a new set of measures designed to uniformly assess the environmental credentials of all non-domestic buildings.
The Green Property Alliance (GPA) has published a report that sets out a series of methods by which its members will aim to standardise the way commercial buildings are assessed in terms of their environmental performance.
Among the groups backing the initiative are the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC), both of which want to see common sustainability assessment methods used across the industry.
On publication of the GPA’s ‘Establishing the Ground Rules for Property’ report, a number of concerns were raised particularly around the way energy performance is analysed in relation to rented office space in the UK.
“It has traditionally proven difficult to clearly articulate sustainability performance in rented offices and shopping centres due to the split responsibilities of landlords and tenants,” commented Liz Peace, the British Property Federation’s chief executive.
“The publication of today’s report sets out some helpful ways that landlord and tenant performance can be measured, improvement can be motivated and achievements articulated.”
In related news, a report published recently by the non-governmental Forum for the Future organisation rated Newcastle as the most sustainable of the UK’s twenty largest cities, with Leicester, Brighton, Bristol and London not too far behind.