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Do you need a Display Energy Certificate for your building?
UK Public sector organisations (except Scotland) with buildings exceeding 250 m2 are legally required to display a valid Display Energy Certificate (DEC).
Also, all commercial buildings in Scotland only that exceed 1000m2 and have previously required a Section 63 along with an EPC need a DEC annually too in order to defer implementing the Action plan in accordance with 2016 government legislation. Failure to do this automatically requires you to implement the Action Plan.
A DEC must be created along with an Advisory Report which includes recommendations for improved energy efficiency as well as the energy performance of the building. DECs for public sector buildings above 1000m2 must be renewed annually and the Advisory Report is valid for 7 years. Display Energy Certificates and Advisory Reports for smaller buildings (250m2 – 1000m2) are valid for 10 years.
The UK Government stipulates that a DEC needs to be displayed in a prominent place and visually accessible to all. Organisations failing to do this face a fine of £1,500 or more.
What is a DEC?
A DEC shows the energy performance of a building by using an A-G rating system. It is calculated by using the actual energy bills for the building which are then benchmarked with similar buildings. The accompanying Advisory Report is tailored for your building and highlights the areas that can be upgraded and steps that can be taken to improve energy efficiency as well as reduce energy costs.
Public Sector Buildings
Commercial Section 63
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