Almost 200 state buildings will need significant refurbishment to meet new energy targets at a cost of up to half a billion euro, an analysis by The Times has found. The climate action plan published in May sets out a series of ambitious targets, including that all public buildings should be upgraded to an energy rating of at least B3. Energy certs released under freedom of information laws show that just 22 buildings operated by the Office of Public Works currently meet this target, while 199 do not. The figures include buildings housing government departments and agencies, but not social housing, schools or local authority buildings. One expert estimated that the cost of renovating the 199 buildings would be “in the region of half a billion euro” while another said it would be “in the hundreds of millions”.
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