Display Energy Certificates

We can help you with Display Energy Certificates for your public authority buildings.

What is a DEC?

A DEC reports a buildings energy rating on a scale that runs from A to G with A being very efficient and G being the least. This rating is based on the actual amount of metered usage over the course of 12 months. In accordance with Government legislation, any building occupied by a public authority with a total floor area of over 250m2 and frequently visited by the public must have a DEC in place. Accompanying the DEC must also be a Recommendation Report which provides recommendations on how to improve the energy performance of the building with an indication of the payback period for each measure.

Display Energy Certificates (DECs) were first introduced in 2008 as a Government initiative to raise public awareness of energy usage for a frequently visited public sector building. Building occupiers have statutory obligations under the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) to display a valid DEC in a prominent place clearly visible to the public at all times.

Our Service

We have been providing a high quality energy surveying service since the inception of the legislation in 2008. Producing energy certificates for approximately 1,000 buildings each year, our accredited assessors offer advice on customer’s portfolios allowing them to review their energy consumption in compliance with Government requirements.

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There are penalties for not having a DEC?

A penalty charge of £1,500 from the local authority may be applicable to buildings that fail to display a DEC certificate at all times. Failure to commission the required documents in addition to the fine may account for further offences and hence more fines.

The DEC Process

  1. Our friendly assessor will carry out a full audit of the building’s energy usage and recommend opportunities to include in the Recommendation Report. The assessor will require site plans either to scale or showing floor area. If these are unavailable, we provide a service to measure the building.
  2. Using the last 12 months energy data, the assessor will input all the buildings’ information into an approved software system to produce the certificate.
  3. Once the assessor is satisfied that the certificate accurately reflects the site visit, it is logged on the national database with copies sent to the building occupier.
  4. The certificate expiry date is noted on LASER’s database and the customer will be contacted before the renewal is due, asking for permission to produce a new certificate.
  5. The assessor can produce the renewal as a desktop exercise, which has a reduced charge from those requiring another site visit.

Key Benefits

Industry experienced team including Low Carbon Consultants and ESOS Lead Assessors.

Public sector owned provider of DECs which makes us unique.

Assessors are accredited with multiple certification bodies which allow us to provide the best possible service for customers.

We provides the tools for benchmarking portfolios accounting for weather, building use, building size and location in the rating.

Focused investigations are provided which can lead to substantial savings on energy costs.

DEC surveyors have the support of our Energy Management and Bureau teams to help identify potential saving opportunities such as LED Lighting fixtures.

Do you need a DECS?

If you would like our help with Display Energy Certifications please reach out to us below and a member of our team will be in touch to talk through your requirements and how we can assist.

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