Energy efficiency to cut running costs of new building

Energy efficiency measures have secured a high rating for a new building while reducing its running costs.

A biomass boiler and rainwater harvesting are among the measures in place at the 3 Assembly Square building at the Cardiff Waterfront commercial estate.

With increased energy efficiency helping tenants save money on energy bills while cutting their carbon emissions, the company managing the estate expects interest in the building to be high.

Joy McSmythurs, partner at Knight Frank LLP, said: "Office occupiers are increasingly interested in environmental sustainability, particularly since the 2006 Stern Report on reducing carbon emissions."

The building will also feature chilled beams, which use water, instead of air to carry the heat out of the building and keep occupiers cool with a greater degree of energy efficiency.

A 'excellent' BREEAM rating was achieved by the developers for the building as a result of these energy efficient measures and the green building practices of contractors.

Yesterday, the government was urged to help the non-domestic sector become more energy efficient.

A report by the Cable Group claimed that ensuring non-domestic buildings rate at least a 'C' on their energy performance certificate, would save £450 million a year in energy bills and create 50,000 jobs.

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