New mandatory disclosure rules in the UK have revealed the embarrassing truth in the most prominent and sometimes beautiful buildings.
According to a recent article in The Guardian, The Palace of Westminster and the Bank of England have been exposed for their high greenhouse emissions, with a G rating where A shows the best performance and G the worst.
But although that might be expected, what’s worse is that new buildings designed by leading architects, and which proclaim their “greenness” have also been painfully exposed.
In this category are London’s City Hall, which opened in 2002 and scored an E despite being described by its architect Foster & Partners as a “virtually non-polluting public building,” the article said.
“The Treasury’s headquarters on Horse Guards Parade scored the same despite a complete office refurbishment six years ago that was supposed to ‘set new environmental standards in Whitehall’.
“In Manchester, the Imperial War Museum North, designed by Daniel Libeskind and opened in 2002, scored a G, the same as its 91-year-old sister museum in London.
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