In March 2007, the UK government introduced legislation regulating the energy performance of buildings. The legislation was initiated as a means of monitoring and reforming the energy efficiency of commercial and residential buildings, which are collectively responsible for almost 50% of energy consumption and carbon emissions in the UK. The Display Energy Certificate (DEC) was introduced in 2008 as part of this legislation.
Display Energy Certificates are only required for buildings with a total floor area greater than 1000m2, which are occupied by a public authority or an institution providing a public service to a large number of people, and are frequently visited by members of the public.
The Display Energy Certificate shows the actual energy usage of a building, and its operational rating. The DEC is based on the energy consumption of a premises as recorded by gas, electricity and other meters. The certificate is valid for one year and must be displayed in a prominent location, clearly visible to the general public. The DEC is accompanied by an advisory report – updated every seven years – which lists cost-effective measures to improve the energy rating of the building.
The DEC and advisory report can only be produced by approved individuals and lodged by accredited organisations. UPL is fully approved and accredited to both provide and maintain DECs and advisory reports.
Our provision of DECs will include the site attendance of one of our team of assessors to perform a survey of the building, in order to provide an accurate assessment of its overall energy use. UPL will also produce the ensuing certificate, which can be submitted in either electronic or hard copy format.
Once the accompanying advisory report has been generated, we can provide a more detailed analysis of the results and recommend cost-saving measures which can be introduced to dramatically improve energy efficiency ratings.