The “Energy consumption in office buildings” report is a result of mutual co-operation of specialists from three areas of expertise: an experienced developer of office buildings - Skanska, experts in environmental certification - Go4Energy, and property managers from advisory firm Cushman & Wakefield. The project’s partners analyzed data from 20 office buildings in Poland, including 16 buildings holding LEED or BREEAM certification.
Buildings account for over 40% of energy consumption in Europe, of which around 75% are not energy efficient. This illustrates the importance of obtaining sustainable development certificates for both newly-developed and existing buildings. Their energy efficiency is assessed based on modeling and energy simulations. However, so far, there has not been any analysis regarding the actual energy consumption of a building: what is the impact of the implementation of innovative systems, appropriate management, specifications and the expected level of the users’ comfort on the building energy performance? These issues have been thoroughly addressed in the first study in Europe, conducted by Skanska, Go4Energy and Cushman & Wakefield, which analyzes office buildings in Poland.