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Scottish property professional urges landlords to make sustainability a top priority

Landmark legislation forces property owners to ‘green’ their buildings with over 60% of UK stock rated lower than ‘E’

Glasgow, 10 April 2012 - Niall Robertson, associate director at Jones Lang LaSalle’s, is calling on Scotland’s property owners and developers to act quickly and ensure buildings meet Energy Act criteria.

Under the legislation introduced in October 2011 it will become unlawful to rent out a residential or business premise from April 2018 which does not reach a minimum energy efficiency standard, which is likely to be an EPC rating of ‘E’.
This gives commercial landlords in Scotland and across the UK just six years to ensure that their properties are more energy efficient before the minimum standards come into force.

Niall said: “Landlords cannot afford to view sustainability as a low priority issue. Property owners and developers need to act quickly in order to protect the value of their buildings as sustainability will soon become a key prerequisite for prime property.

“An estimated 63 per cent of UK stock has a rating lower than ‘E’ which means that this legislation has widespread impact. The Energy Act 2011 means that many of Scotland’s commercial landlords will need to future proof their buildings over a relatively short period of time.  It makes sense to incorporate energy efficiency into any forthcoming commercial property fit outs or upgrades”

Niall recently became the first employee in Jones Lang LaSalle's Scotland team to achieve LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate accreditation.

The LEED® Green Associate credential demonstrates knowledge and provides professionals with knowledge and expertise in supporting and developing sustainable building design practices.

The certification enables professionals to offer independent, third-party verification that buildings have been designed and built to achieve high performance across various areas, including energy efficiency, human and environmental health, and sustainable site development.

Niall said: “With legislation like the Energy Act 2011 forcing building owners to adapt their premises, it is clear that energy efficiency is becoming a key consideration for residential and business facilities. We understand that sustainability is also of increasing importance to clients as part of their corporate social responsibility commitments. These accreditations illustrate our global dedication to these factors which have a significant bearing on each service we provide.”

By gaining the internationally recognised certification, Niall has helped the firm to exceed its goal of 1,000 energy and sustainability accredited professionals worldwide by the end of 2012.

Niall added: “Achieving LEED® Green Associate accreditation further expands the range of services we can offer clients by enabling us to deliver Sustainable Property Assessments and Asset and Energy Efficiency Audits. My colleagues in Scotland are as keen as I am to support these initiatives and I am sure I will be the first of many to gain this vital credential.”