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Energy Performance Certificates Scotland

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The Scotsman reveals that on the day (5th January) all large public buildings in Scotland were supposed to display Energy Performance Certificates under EU laws many public buildings failed to get a certificate, and of those that have many are poor.

Even though only buildings that are regularly visited by members of the public need to have a certificate, the Scottish Government decided to “set an example” by analysing the energy efficiency of all its offices.

Public buildings run by the Scottish Government such as St Andrew’s House and Victoria Quay in Edinburgh are massively energy inefficient and have far larger carbon footprints than they should. Most failed to meet the deadline, including the Scottish Parliament building.

Energy efficiency is measured on a sliding scale: A is best & G is worst.

Glasgow City Council Chambers: E
National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride: E
Victoria Quay, Leith: E+
St Andrew’s House, Edinburgh: E+
Edinburgh City Council Chambers: E+
National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh: F+

Buildings account for almost 50% of the UK’s damaging greenhouse gas emissions. The Scottish Government have known about the vital European directive on EPC’s since 2002 and clearly need to rapidly improve efforts in this important area.

Energy Performance Certificates : Scotland’s first ‘A’ EPCs

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