How Green Is Your Building?

The Urban Land Institute (ULI), a not-for-profit research and education organisation for the real estate industry, has released a mobile app as part of its LessEn initiative, which aims to reduce confusion around the issue of energy efficiency.

According to the ULI, offices and public buildings account for almost one fifth of the country’s carbon footprint. The app, which is available for iPhone, Android and BlackBerry devices, enables users to play their part in compiling the UK’s first building energy map. It also enables users to see the energy and carbon efficiency of the buildings around them. 

Users can search and add their workplace free of charge. If it is listed, the building energy map displays the most recent energy rating and CO2 emissions data. People can also add comments about how they think their building is run, and explore ways to improve its energy performance via the LessEn website.

The energy map features more than 30,000 public and private buildings in England and Wales. Green arrows on the map represent energy efficient buildings. Average performing buildings are shown in amber. Red arrows indicate those with poor energy performance and poor carbon emissions. Among the red arrow buildings are London landmarks, such as The Tate Modern and Portcullis House, where many Members of Parliament have their offices.

“Because energy use is invisible, it is easy to ignore the problem or not even be aware of the size of it,” says Alexandra Notay, project director at LessEn. “By making the problem visible, we believe we can make significant in-roads into cutting energy and carbon across the UK’s building stock and engage people in a positive way.”