One in 10 London offices are at risk of becoming ‘obsolete’ under new energy rules

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A view of the City of London on a clear day.Vuk Valcic | SOPA Images | LightRocket via Getty ImagesLONDON — About 10% of London offices could soon become unusable when new rules on energy efficiency are implemented, according to an analysis from a leading real estate company.Under the new standards, set to be introduced in 2023, buildings in England and Wales with an energy efficiency rating lower than 'E' will not be able to close new leasings. The upcoming measures come as part of broader government efforts toward carbon neutrality. The lowest energy efficiency rating is set at 'G,' the least efficient, to 'A,' the most efficient.In this context, an analysis published last week by Colliers showed that around 20 million square feet of London workspace, representing almost 10% of the total stock, are not compliant with these rules.It raises questions about the future of these office blocks, particularly at a time when many workers are pushing to partly work from home amid th
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