UK-GBC calls for Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for non-domestic buildings

Non-domestic buildings, which account for 17% of UK carbon emissions, have come under the spotlight of UK-GBC, with a recommendation for the roll-out of Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for all non-domestic buildings in their latest task force report, issued this week.  The aims behind this are energy efficiency, cutting costs and creating incentives for refurbishment in this sector.

DECs, which illustrate technical information and an easy-to-read A-G rating of the energy efficiency of the buildings, are currently mandatory for public buildings over 1000m2, but private sector buildings do not fall under this requirement.


UK-GBC has undertaken in-depth consultation, sponsored by British Land and Cundall, to reach a series of detailed proposals and recommendations, the first of which is the mandatory requirement of DECs for all non-domestic building occupiers, rolled out from 2012. Secondly, landlords should be required to display certificates of the services they provide, based on the Landlord’s Energy Statement (LES), which they must then pass to occupiers. Thirdly, a range of publicly accessible league tables, which may replace the current Carbon Reduction Commitment league table, should be produced from the DECs, based on occupiers, landlords, sectors building types and uses.

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