Grenadier funded the development of Emperor House, the company’s first EPC A+ rated office building located in Exeter Business Park, one of the city’s vibrant business hubs.
For a building to achieve an EPC A+ rating it must have the best insulation, be energy efficient and produce clean energy which will be consumed on site.
Emperor House is a three-storey, fully serviced 22,500 sq ft building featuring a highly insulated cladding system, LED lighting and a roof top solar installation with a capacity of 128kW.
The building also benefits from a resilient data and electrical supply meaning the office can continue operating in a power cut.
We worked closely with Summerfield Developments, a Somerset-based developer and investor, who developed the office building and secured the pre-let of the scheme.
Peter Quincey, Director of Grenadier, says: “We are constantly aiming to push the boundaries of sustainable property development and are thrilled to have delivered our first EPC A+ rated office building in Exeter. EPC A+ commercial buildings are extremely rare, making up just 0.06% of the entire stock within England and Wales, making this a fantastic achievement for the city and something we are really proud to have helped create.”
Emperor House has been let to insurance company, Liverpool Victoria (LV=), who will be relocating from Pynes Hill to the new building in November, ensuring jobs are maintained within the Exeter area.
Jane Dickinson, Head of Protection Operations for LV= based in Exeter, said: “At LV= we strive to provide a happy and productive environment for our people to work in. We also take seriously our responsibility to minimise the impact of our operations on the environment and we are really pleased we have been able to do both with our move to Emperor House.”
At Grenadier, we are committed to developing properties to the same high-standard and quality of Emperor House in Exeter and Devon.
The Emperor House solar installation alone will generate more than 120,000kWh of electricity, sufficient clean energy to power the equivalent of 40 homes and save 57 tonnes of CO2 each year.
Energy Efficient Buildings
Grenadier Estates is also invested in redeveloping old properties to bring them up to a high standard of energy efficiency. St Margaret’s is another project currently being undertaken – a retrofit of a Grade ii listed building in St Leonards, Exeter. The challenge with St Margaret’s is to bring it up from an EPC E/F rating to an A rating.
Exeter City Futures working alongside Grenadier Estates is a great example of how forming partnerships and collaborative projects will help us to achieve our energy independence goal. These new developments are inline with recommendations outlined in Energy Independence 2025 to make our buildings more energy efficient. Grenadier is also aligned to our goal of reducing congestion by finding better ways of getting people to work, with solutions which will be validated within the business park.