Professional advice builds good energy design

With new building regulation now in force for the conservation of fuel and power in buildings since April 1, architects and building designers can avail of a free professional advice service from the Energy Efficiency Best Practice programme (EEBPp).

According to the EEBPp, those involved in property development can achieve a real competitive edge by providing energy efficient buildings for clients which result in lower fuel bills and running costs.

The service called Design Advice offers all organisations from both public and private sectors free, objective advice on how to maximise both the financial and environmental benefits of providing quality built environments with minimum operating costs.

Garry Felgate, the Director of the Energy Efficiency Best Practice programme, said: "Energy efficiency is more important than ever in the building industry. By implementing energy saving measures into the designs, companies save money from the word go. However, it is often seen as low profile and pushed down the agenda due to lack of specialist advice or knowledge on the grounds of expense."

"Simply by calling us, anyone involved in the designing of new buildings can benefit from free professional advice. Ultimately, this will not only benefit individual projects and save money but also ensure the UK becomes more energy efficient, putting us ahead in the business arena."

As part of the campaign, Design Advice is offering free independent site energy assessments for new build and refurbishment projects with a floor area of 500sq m or more.

The assessments will be carried out by one of a network of 160 specialist consultants who will assess every aspect of a design's use of energy. Key recommendations will be proffered on increasing energy efficiency, making environmental improvements and saving money.

Customers will benefit from lower operating costs, plus the scheme will result in a demonstration of a commitment to environmental responsibilities.


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