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Just to add confusion

Submitted by: MikeC (Admin) on 26-Feb-08 06:48:24 PM

Investment Property Databank (IPD), an organisation providing property performance measurements for corporate real estate and facilities management, are to set up 'a single international benchmark to assess the impact of buildings on the environment'.

EPC and DEC hard to interpret

According to a press release published on Green Building Magazine's website, the IPD claim that Display Energy Certificates (DEC) and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are too complicated for building managers to interpret. Hence, they claim, the need for another:

...measurement framework simple enough that companies can take it to the management and say, 'This is how we need to improve'.

Green commercial property initiative launched

The code is voluntary but, the press release says, has the backing of the CBI, the employers’ organisation, and RICS, as well as companies such as Barclays and BP.

It is also claimed that the Office of Government Commerce, the Treasury division that co-ordinates the government’s estate, has expressed an interest in signing up, as well as universities and colleges.

So in addition to the EPC-like clones from the Energy Savings Trust and British Gas, we now have this to further confuse matters!

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