Generate Land aim to combine renewable energy technology and sustainable building techniques to deliver energy efficient, low carbon developments that reduce running costs for end users. This approach increases value and investment yields. The team aim to deliver commercial properties to BREEAM “Excellent” and residential properties to CSH “level 5″ as standard, and can work with occupiers to deliver zero carbon buildings.
What is BREEAM?
BREEAM stands for “Building Research Establishment Energy Assessment Method”.
BREEAM is the world’s most foremost environmental assessment method and rating for buildings and sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation. BREEAM has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a buildings environmental performance.
What is the CSH?
The Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is an environmental assessment method for rating and certifying the performance of new homes based on BRE Global Eco-Homes scheme. It is a Government owned national standard intended to encourage continuous improvement in sustainable home building.
What is an EPC?
All domestic and commercial buildings in the UK available to buy or rent must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). EPC’s tell you how energy efficient a building is and give it a rating from A (very efficient) to G (inefficient). They inform the building occupier how costly it will be to heat and light, and what the carbon dioxide emissions are likely to be.
The Energy Act 2011
Commercial property accounts for 18% of total emissions in the UK and the Government has set a target for all new commercial buildings to be zero carbon by 2019.The Energy Act 2011 is legislation designed to ensure the continued increase in construction of energy efficient buildings. All buildings in the UK available to buy or rent must have an EPC that informs the occupier of the cost to heat, light, energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions. From April 2018 it will be unlawful to sell or let any buildings that do not achieve EPC ‘E’. On that basis 20% of UK commercial stock will be un-lettable by 2018.