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de Brún congratulates Victoria Primary School on becoming first building awarded energy efficiency A grade

1 July, 2008 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Sinn Féin MEP, Bairbre de Brún has congratulated Victoria Primary School in Ballyhalbert Co. Down on becoming the first building to be awarded the top grade in an energy efficiency scheme.

Ms. de Brún who is an active member of the European Parliament's Temporary Committee on Climate Change and who has been part of high powered delegations to China and US on the subject said: "Victoria Primary School grade 'A' result in the 'Energy Performance Certificate' scheme is very commendable".

The school which was recently rebuilt now boasts its own biomass boiler and toilets which use rainwater.

Commenting on the school's top achievement, Ms de Brún said:

"Given the recent announcement by Finance Minister, Nigel Dodds that all buildings will soon be required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) before they can be sold or rented, Victoria Primary School's excellent result showcases how a building's energy efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions can be effectively measured and reduced.

"More must be done by everyone involved in the commissioning of new buildings to ensure that excellent ratings are achieved. At the moment where the scheme has been in existence for some time, the average grade awarded thus far is an 'E' on an A - G scale.

Ms de Brún continued: "Victoria Primary School's innovative design features will ensure that the young pupils and their parents have been presented with a perfect opportunity to think about what impact our actions have on the environment"

Returning to the subject of Energy Performance Certificates which are to become compulsory for all house sales in the North from the end of June 2008, Ms de Brún said homes that are more energy efficient should prove cheaper to run and more attractive to prospective owners given the rising cost of living. ENDS

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