Energy efficiency of British buildings

Whenever I complain about the poorly insulated British buildings my friends tell me that it is only because they are old and I shouldn’t expect so much.

‘Bollocks’, I’ve always said, ‘how come buildings that are hundreds of years old in other countries are not cold, damp and draughty?’

And now it’s official. A new law forcing all public buildings with a floor area of more than 1000 square metres to carry out an energy efficiency assessment and display an energy efficiency certificate has come into force.

The assessment places buildings on a scale, with an ‘A’ rating being the best and a ‘G’ rating being the worst. Out of all the buildings assessed, only 22, or less than 1% get a rating of A.

Both the Imperial War Museum North and the Imperial War Museum London get a ‘G’ rating.

The one in London was completed in 1911.

And the in in Salford?


That’s what I call progress.


1 Comment

  1. You must remember that Britain is cold, damp and draughty!

    As for the Imperial War Museum North, i have to say seriously, that it is an issue with Architect’s and their ego. Why would they want to let a little thing like energy efficiency get in the way of a nice all phallic design made mostly of metal (the most thermally conductive material)? There has to a culture change and the new legislation will hopefully force this move towards energy efficiency.

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