Making commercial properties more sustainable

In 2021, UK commercial properties contributed on average, 20% of carbon emissions, according to a report published by the Committee on Climate Change.

Furthermore, in larger cities, including London, commercial buildings were responsible for more than 70% of the city’s emissions on a whole.

It’s understandable why some companies and groups are now paying closer attention to how sustainable buildings can be built. This brief read discusses how commercial buildings can be built in a more sustainable way.

Smart technology


While smart technology in residential properties is becoming more common, it especially offers a string of benefits for commercial ones.


For instance, controls for heating and cooling can offer notable savings to both business owners and tenants, as well as helping to curb the amount of energy used. Tracking energy expenditure this way, in addition to using technology to intuitively adapt without constantly making changes manually – will help in lowering the amount of energy used throughout the year and, as a result, lower energy costs.

Green roofing


Green roofing generally refers to rooftop planting, which means a range of benefits for commercial property owners. For one, a rooftop garden will make the building look more appealing to all the occupants, businesspeople, and staff as well as visitors.

And will provide certain environmental benefits.


Green roofs can also act as a rainwater buffer, helping to purify the air since they absorb carbon dioxide. They might also help in saving energy, regulating internal building temperature more effectively and even encourage better biodiversity in the surrounding area.


Green roofing may also protect the materials underneath the building from certain elements. This can effectively extend the lifespan of the roof by at least a few decades, making it a more viable investment for potential buyers or investors. Plants and greenery contain high levels of moisture, so they can also act as a fire deterrent in an emergency. A green roof is also very low maintenance, so it’s a win-win no matter how you look at it.

Eco-friendly materials  


The use of sustainable materials should be a key part of any green building project as it reduces the environmental impact of the build. The materials used will have a desirable effect on the energy efficiency of the commercial building as well.


From recycled materials to more innovative solutions such as plant-based insulation foams, there are many eco-friendly materials and build solutions to help architects, builders and designers come up with a more sustainable building.

Renewable energy infrastructure


Solar panels are a low-risk investment. Solar is also a highly practical solution for any commercial building owner as their cost-efficiency is second to none. Apart from getting eco-friendly energy in your building, you’ll even attract more new clients and visitors, as caring for the environment is something most people can easily identify with.


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