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Sustainable buildings

8 November 2016

Improving our buildings

Our existing buildings provide the biggest opportunity to reduce our main environmental impacts of energy and carbon, water, and resource use and waste.

To comply with the energy surveys as part of the mandatory Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) we completed a number of energy surveys of our buildings. We also updated Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for all our buildings ahead of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) that take effect in 2018. Over 2016 and 2017 we are undertaking further detailed surveys of every single building to produce individual building sustainability plans that will identify further energy and water saving activity to be undertaken.

We have already started a £21 million LED lighting and controls update, and are working to improve energy efficiency across a range of areas including networked heating and hot water controls, on-site renewable energy, dynamic demand side management (DSM), battery storage, building services controls and optimisation, and building fabric improvements.