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UK warehouses risk becoming unlettable without energy efficient intervention

Over half of all UK warehouses will have to be left empty if their energy efficiency does not improve in the next five years.

Analysis by property consultancy Gerald Eve shows that one in three UK warehouses will be unlettable by April 2027, without an intervention in the next five years to comply with minimum energy efficiency standards coming into force in April 2027.

From its dataset of over 13,300 units between 500 sq ft and 50,000 sq ft in size, around 2% of the market in London and the South East, and 5% of the market in the regions have EPCs of F or G, and will therefore fall below the required standard by April 2023.

A much more significant proportion of real estate is graded D or E, adding up to 34% in London and the South East, and 46% in the regions. Without intervention, these will become non-compliant by April 2027. Particularly at-risk regions include the North West, Scotland, Yorkshire and the Humber, and the West Midlands.

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