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“This data presents a few home truths,” says Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council. “Our public building stock is leaking like a sieve, with an enormous carbon footprint and energy bills to match.” He says that the Government need to lead by example, as the largest user and procurer of buildings in the country, and launch a major refurbishment programme. “Except in the case of a small number of historic buildings, we should simply mandate improvements that would eliminate the worst performing buildings,” says King.
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