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MEPC pledges support for the NABERS UK scheme

Wellington Place sets a new sustainability benchmark for the Yorkshire region

Developer and Asset Manager, MEPC, has joined the NABERS UK scheme to help the country and the Yorkshire region progress critical sustainability milestones over the next decade.

Already backed by 12 major office developers across the country, the scheme for rating operational energy efficiency aims to transform the commercial property market, bridging the performance gap between design and in-use performance of UK offices.

11 & 12 Wellington Place

As part of the NABERS UK initiative, 11 & 12 Wellington Place will be the first building in Yorkshire to play a part in the scheme, delivering the most energy-efficient office building in Leeds. With the energy offset through investment in renewable technologies and other environmental projects, 11 & 12 Wellington Place is responding to rapidly changing attitudes towards climate change, striving for the best performance in terms of both sustainability and wellbeing.

Creating much-needed transparency for the industry, the scheme can be used by any property owner seeking to set targets and secure performance outcomes for new office developments, giving an in-use performance rating for their office.

11&12 Wellington Place

With the Government’s consultation on energy performance disclosure for commercial buildings expected before the end of the year, the launch of the scheme has come at a critical time for the industry.

Paul Pavia, Head of Development at Wellington Place, said: “We are extremely proud to be a part of the NABERS UK scheme, an initiative that perfectly aligns to our values and commitment to supporting UK and global climate change objectives. In collaboration with the Better Buildings Partnership, 11 & 12 Wellington Place will set a new sustainability benchmark for the Yorkshire region, delivering 240,000sq ft. of target BREEAM outstanding office, retail and leisure space in Leeds city centre.”

Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO at Better Buildings Partnership, said: “The launch of NABERS UK marks a significant milestone for this project, but more importantly a huge leap forward for the industry in measuring, verifying and disclosing the actual energy performance of UK offices. This has been a truly collaborative effort from across the industry for many years. I am absolutely delighted that we now have a scheme in the UK that will transform the market for better more energy-efficient offices.”