10 May 2011 12:05:09
Building industry asks for mandatory DECs
Calls have been made to the government to mandate that private sector buildings must hold Display Energy Certificates (DECs).
An open letter, signed by the British Property Federation and the UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) among others, asks the government to include the creation of compulsory DECs in the Energy Bill.
Under current regulations, the certificates, which award the building an energy-efficiency rating of between A and G, are mandatory for public sector properties but not for private sector structures.
Obligations for the public sector surrounding DECs came into force on October 1st 2008. Non-domestic buildings are currently accountable for 20 percent of the country's energy consumption and CO2
Senior members of the industry, including the representatives of both Land Lease and Land Securities, have also added their signatures to the letter.
UKGBC chief executive Paul King said: "We've simply no idea how our buildings up and down the country are actually performing, so mandatory A-G ratings are the crucial first step in helping businesses understand and reduce their energy use."
He added he believes the Energy Bill is the "obvious place" to legislate on the issue.