A Display Energy Certificate (DEC) shows the energy performance of a building based on the operational rating, on a graphical scale from A very efficient to G least efficient. A DEC must be accompanied by a Recommendation Report (RR), which outlines how the organisation can reduce their energy consumption.
A DEC is required when
- If the building is frequently visited by the public.
- If the building has a total useful floor area of over 250m2
- If occupied by a local authority or any public used building.
Although DECs are a legal requirement that organisations must comply with, they can also pose numerous benefits including:
- Augment Awareness of Energy Use.
A DEC is based on the actual amount of metered energy used by the building over the last 12 months within the validity period of the DEC. By producing a DEC, occupiers of the building are able to identify where the most energy is being consumed and therefore where they can make changes to reduce their energy consumption. It can also help organisations prepare for helping the UK Government reach its net-zero emissions target by 2050, as the organisation will be able to identify where they can start to reduce their carbon emissions.
- Improve Corporate Social Responsibility
By displaying a DEC in a place clearly visible to the public, people are made aware of how energy efficient your property is. If your property has a good DEC rating, showing your property is energy efficient and low on carbon emissions, you can increase your organisation’s Corporate Social Responsibility
- Avoiding Fines.
The penalty for failure to display a DEC is £500 as well as a further £1000 for failure to obtain an AR. Ensuring compliance with the legislation will help your organisation to avoid fines.
Compliance365 are happy to provide help and guidance on DEC legislation. Our assessors are fully accredited to produce DEC’s and RR’s and we can provide your organisation with a comprehensive DEC service, ensuring your property is compliant with the legislation.
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