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Why DECs are required
The purpose of introducing DECs is to raise public awareness of energy use and to inform visitors to public buildings about the energy use of a building. DECs provide an energy rating of the building ...
Buildings requiring a DEC
A DEC and advisory report are required for buildings with a total useful floor area (see definitions at Annex B) over 500m2 that are occupied in whole or part by public authorities and frequently visi...
When DECs are required
From 9 January 2013, if you are an occupier of a building requiring a DEC, you will need to display a DEC showing an operational rating in a prominent place clearly visible to the public. You will als...
Validity period of DECs
Where the building has a total useful floor area of more than 1,000m², the DEC is valid for 12 months. The accompanying advisory report is valid for seven years. Where the building has a total useful ...
What is a DEC?
A DEC shows the energy performance of a building based on actual energy consumption as recorded over the last 12 months within the validity period of the DEC (the operational rating). The operation...
What a DEC contains
A DEC must contain, by law, the following information: • the operational rating as determined by the government approved operational rating methodology • a reference value such as a current legal st...
What an advisory report contains
The advisory report accompanies the DEC and contains recommendations for improving the energy performance of the building. The advisory report may contain a range of possible improvements, including c...
Responsibilities for displaying a DEC
Under this legislation it is the responsibility of every occupier of a building affected by these regulations to: • display a valid DEC in a prominent place clearly visible to the public at all times...
Producing DECs
An energy assessor, accredited to produce DECs, is the only person who can produce a DEC and advisory report for your building. It is acceptable for employees to produce DECs provided they meet the st...
Collecting the information required for a DEC
The occupier, in collaboration with the energy assessor, will need to obtain actual meter readings or consignment notes for all fuels used in the buildings that are affected by this legislation. This ...
Checking the authenticity of a DEC
A DEC must be lodged, by an accredited energy assessor, in the central register for non-dwellings which contains all DECs and advisory reports. It is not possible to opt out of this process. If you h...
Checking the authenticity of your energy assessor
All energy assessors must be accredited. If you want to find a suitably accredited energy assessor in your area to provide you with a DEC, use www.ndepcregister.com to find the list of approved assess...
Complaints
Complaints about the availability or quality of a DEC or about an energy assessor or energy assessment should be directed to the following: Display of DECs. For complaints regarding the display or ...
Penalties for not having a DEC
A local authority can issue a penalty charge notice of £500 for failing to display a DEC at all times in a prominent place clearly visible to the public, and £1,000 for failing to possess or have in t...
I am a public authority and let a building I own to a private company to undertake business that is not a public service. Is a DEC required?
No. The requirement is on the occupier to provide a DEC and as the occupier is a private company there is no requirement to display a DEC for the building.
I need to display a DEC – do I also need an EPC for my building?
You will only need to have an EPC if you construct (including certain modifications), sell or let your building. If you do have an EPC for your building, the rating must be displayed on your DEC.
Do I have to act on the recommendations in the advisory report?
You are under no obligation to act on the recommendations for energy improvements to the building. However, taking action on the recommendations is likely to improve the energy efficiency of your buil...
Where can I find an energy assessor?
The accreditation schemes will maintain a list of their members and should be able to provide contact details of assessors local to your area. An energy assessor should always be able to provide detai...
What software can be used to produce DECs?
Only software approved by the Department for Communities and Local Government can be used to produce DECs.
Definitions
A building is defined as “a roofed construction having walls, for which energy is used to condition the indoor climate; a building may refer to the building as a whole or parts thereof that have been ...
Saving energy in your building
You can save up to 20 per cent on your energy bills by managing energy successfully (source: Carbon Trust). The simple steps recommended by the Carbon Trust include: Heating • are thermostats workin...
Which buildings on a campus need a Display Energy Certificate (DEC)?
Only buildings visited by the public that are > 1000 sq m require a DEC. Buildings that are readily accessible to the public and visited frequently (i.e. for meetings etc) on a campus will require ...
Do Halls of Residence require a Display Energy Certificate (DEC)?
Yes. Friends and relatives will normally visit Halls of Residence and therefore a DEC will be required. Likewise a Local Authority care home where friends and relatives visit will require a DEC.
 

 

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