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DEC legislation change

DEC legislation change

 

Following the 'recast' of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive several changes have come in to effect since 9th January 2013. This could mean that you currently have buildings under your management which are non-compliant. A summary of the changes and their effect can be found below:

  • Public buildings between 500m2 and 1,000m2 are now required to have a DEC in place (previously over 1,000m2). The DECs for these 'smaller buildings' will be valid for a period of 10 years, whereas the DECs for buildings over 1,000m2 will retain their 12 month validity. This will significantly increase the number of buildings requiring a DEC and will instigate the requirement for smaller buildings on a site to have their energy consumption separately metered.
  • Buildings and monuments that are officially protected as part of a designated environment or because of special architectural or historic merit are now exempt from requiring a DEC.
  • Commercial Buildings: Much to the dismay of many players within the private sector property market, Commercial Buildings continue to be exempt however these are likely to be included at the next review. Land Securities and British Land are two of a number of large property owners that resolutely stand behind the energy efficiency benefits driven by DECs and certify all of their estate.

Schal Sustainability Group has experience working on a multitude of DEC delivery projects. Please contact Richard Johnson if you wish to discuss the legislation changes or if you know of any building/sites to which the new legislation applies.