Thursday, October 2, 2008

Energy inefficiency of public buildings revealed


Further to my post yesterday about Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) a colleague just drew my attention to an article in the UK Newspaper The Guaridan.
It has reported that the Palace of Westminster and the Bank of England have been exposed as among the country's least energy efficient public buildings under the EPC scheme. Both buildings scored G on the energy efficiency sliding scale where A is the best and G is the worst. The paper reports that together, these buildings consume enough electricity and gas to pump out 21,356 tonnes of CO2 a year, the equivalent of more than 14,000 people flying from London to New York.
Rather worrying, new buildings were also reported to fare badly, raising questions about the validity of sustainability claims made by architects and developers. London's City Hall scored E despite opening in 2002 and being described by its architect Foster & Partners as a "virtually non-polluting public building".

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