Why energy efficiency initiatives should be a top priority in decarbonisation
The commercial property sector is crucial in driving sustainable change and reducing carbon emissions. When it comes to decarbonising buildings, there are various options to generate energy. However, energy efficiency initiatives should be prioritised. The reason is simple: they are quick to implement, have the shortest paybacks and have the lowest embodied carbon.
Quick implementation with the shortest paybacks
Energy efficiency initiatives are relatively easy to implement compared to other decarbonisation measures. Retrofitting existing buildings with energy-efficient technologies can be done without significant disruptions or long construction periods. This allows us to start reducing carbon emissions quickly and effectively.
The installation process for energy-efficient monitoring systems such as occupancy counters, CO2 monitors, thermostats and other monitors is a quick and painless job. Having all these monitors provides you with an incredible amount of data – complicated data. Yet, monitoring these systems is essential to ensure commercial properties are as energy-efficient as possible. As you figure, that’s where we come in. We translate this complex data into clear insights that you can take direct action on. A dashboard that gives you all the information about possible issues, waste points or underperforming systems within your buildings is your main tool to set and reach net-zero targets and maintain energy-efficient buildings.
Knowledge is power
Knowing how our buildings perform sounds like the most logical thing there is, and yet a good deal hands the controls to engineers or building managers – losing oversight of what’s happening in our buildings. And maybe most importantly: losing oversight of our progress toward decarbonising our buildings.
Having transparent, actionable information about your energy efficiency measures brings you back in control and provides one of the quickest financial returns among decarbonisation options. By improving the energy performance of a building, we can rapidly and significantly reduce operating costs associated with energy consumption.
The savings achieved through lower energy bills can help offset the initial investment in energy-efficient technologies. With shorter payback periods compared to other decarbonisation strategies, we can see tangible financial benefits sooner rather than later.
Reducing our carbon footprint right from the start
Embodied carbon refers to the carbon emissions associated with the production, transportation, and installation of building materials. Energy efficiency initiatives have the lowest embodied carbon compared to other decarbonisation measures such as renewable energy installations or building electrification.
By focusing on energy efficiency, we can reduce our carbon footprint right from the start – without having to spend too much time, budget or energy on it. All while simultaneously attracting new tenants. With quick implementation, shortest paybacks, and lowest embodied carbon, monitored energy efficiency initiatives are highly effective in reducing carbon emissions and driving sustainable change.