That’s why it was slightly surprising to see that almost a third were still found to be in breach of EU energy regulations by a recent freedom of information bid.
Organised by the Property and Energy Professionals Association (PEPA), 30% of local authorities revealed they did not comply with the European Directive, despite it having been a requirement since late 2007.
The European Directive requires public buildings over 500m2 to have Display Energy Certificates (DEC) on display, with the government spending £1.9 million each year on helping local authorities to comply.
In addition, a DEC must be included in any marketing material about a property and theoretically failure to do this can result in a fine.
These certificates, known as Energy Performance Certificates in Scotland, highlight a building’s energy performance and last for one year from issue.