Certain buildings occupied by public authorities have to have a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) on display in a prominent place where it can be viewed by members of the public. It shows how energy efficient that building is by giving it a rating between G and A with A being the most energy efficient. The NEC comes with a report which gives recommendations about how the energy efficiency rating can be improved.
Any building that is even partially occupied by a public authority such as a local council, college or NHS Trust and has a total floor space greater than 250 square metres which is regularly visited by the public has to have a DEC on display on a page no smaller than A3 size in an easily accessible location. Failure to do so can incur a £500 fine. Private organisations aren’t required to have a DEC but they do need to have an EPC.
Using the report and recommendations that come with the DEC, organisations can dramatically improve their energy efficiency to comply with energy targets, help the environment and save money. Displaying a DEC shows the public that the organisation is aware of energy efficiency issues and is actively working to improve them. They can also serve as a benchmark for demonstrating how much energy efficiency has been improved through carrying out the recommendations.
DECs show visitors to the building how energy efficient it is overall, how much carbon dioxide it emits and how the energy is mainly used. It details what type of fuel is used as the main heating fuel and how much energy comes from renewable sources. The advisory report looks at different aspects of the building such as its construction, the heating, ventilation and lighting which all have an impact on the building’s energy efficiency.
Our assessors carry out the survey in an efficient and professional manner at a time that’s convenient for you. We ensure that our reports are very helpful and easy to follow in terms of making the recommended changes. We are also happy to discuss your suggestions in detail to make sure you have everything you need to be compliant and make your public building as energy efficient as possible.