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News analysis DECs
Putting the private
sector in the frame
The UK building
services sector
has welcomed
proposals to
extend display
energy certificates
to all commercial
buildings, but
details of the plan
are still unclear.
Carina Bailey
reports
n
The UK government’s
decision to consult industry
on extending display energy
certificates (DECs) to all non-
residential buildings in the UK has
been hailed as a potential boost to
the refurbishment market.
The move to consult follows
lobbying for a full roll-out of DECs
by organisations including CIBSE
and the UK Green Building Council
(UKGBC).
Energy and Climate Change
Secretary Ed Miliband made the
announcement as part of the should have an EPC rating of F or
Department for Energy and Climate higher by 2020; and
Change’s (DECC) official response • DECs should be rolled out to all
By allowing the public to see how much
to the first annual report of the non-residential buildings by the end
energy each building uses, we can encourage
independent advisory Committee of the second budget period to give
on Climate Change (CCC). The owners and users of buildings a
further debate on how to green the existing
report, published last October, better understanding of their CO2
building stock – John Field
assessed the UK’s progress in emissions. For smaller buildings,
meeting its target of cutting carbon automated DECs could be an We will undertake detailed analysis itself is seen as a positive step.
emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. option in order to minimise the to calculate the relative costs and Paul King, chief executive of the UK
Ministers appear to have administrative burden on small benefits of requiring all non- GBC, said: ‘The UK Green Building
taken notice of a number of firms. domestic buildings to have an Council and many in the industry
recommendations made by the The government now says: EPC in place by 2018 and requiring have been calling for the roll-out
CCC, particularly regarding energy ‘We agree with the CCC that EPCs all such buildings to have an EPC of DECs to commercial buildings
performance certificates (EPCs) and and DECs are useful in providing rating of F or higher by 2020.’ for some time, so this is very
DECs. These recommendations more transparency on emissions But no details about what the welcome news. DECs can provide
included: reductions opportunities in consultation will include have been essential data on which to base
• All non-residential buildings buildings and industry. released to date. We also do not decisions – if we don’t know how
should have an EPC in place by the ‘Government will be publishing have details yet on a publication energy inefficient our buildings are,
end of the second budget period a consultation paper shortly which date or an expected timetable for how can we properly manage and
(2013-2017); will set out proposals for extending resulting policy to be implemented. improve them?’
• All non-residential buildings DECs to non-domestic buildings. However, the announcement The government decision to look
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