The UK Green Building Council has issued a report calling for the mandatory display of an A to G rating for the energy efficiency of all non-residential buildings as early as 2012, in a move which could see an upsurge of growth in the energy assessment industry.
The organisation said the measure, to drive efficiency, cut costs and encourage refurbishment, should be introduced as part of the Energy Bill, which is currently going through Parliament.
‘Display Energy Certificates provide both an ‘at-a-glance indicator’ and detailed technical information on the energy performance of buildings’, said UK-GBC, which was set up by the last government in 2007 to provide direction for sustainability and carbon reduction in the building sector.
Recommendations in the report, launched at an event on 29 March with the Communities and Local Government Minister Andrew Stunell MP, include detailed proposals to implement a practical roll-out, and are the result of an in depth consultation with a cross-section of UK-GBC members.
Key recommendations include:
- Display Energy Certificates (DECs) should become mandatory for all non-domestic building occupiers, with a phased roll out starting in 2012.
- Landlords should also be required to display certificates showing the energy efficiency of the services they provide. Landlords must pass data to occupiers; this should be based on the Landlord’s Energy Statement (LES) which has been developed by the private sector.
- DECs should be used to produce a range of publicly accessible league tables based on occupiers, landlords, sectors, buildings types and uses. This could replace the current Carbon Reduction Commitment league table for those organisations in the buildings sector.
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