Display Energy Certificate (DEC)
A Display Energy Certificate (DEC) is a record of the actual energy usage (annual consumption) and the efficiency of public buildings.
HOW DO DISPLAY ENERGY CERTIFICATES WORK?
The DEC presents transparency of energy efficiency, i.e. from A (very efficient, low CO2 emissions) to G (least efficient, high CO2 emissions).
Its aim is to educate visitors about the energy information about the building they are visiting. See below for an illustration.
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA FOR A DISPLAY ENERGY CERTIFICATE?
Building Size: 250m² or above
Regularly visited by members of the public
HOW MUCH SHOULD A DISPLAY ENERGY CERTIFICATE COST?
A Display Energy Certificate with Advisory Report – costs from £385 + VAT. This will include a Site visit and energy usage analysis to produce a DEC and Advisory Report with recommendations for energy efficiency improvements
Display Energy Certificate renewal – from £195 + VAT. Public sector buildings requiring a DEC must renew their certificate annually (or every ten years for buildings with a floor area less than 500 m2).
WHAT IS THE VALIDITY OF DISPLAY ENERGY CERTIFICATES?
ARE THERE ANY EXCEPTIONS FOR PUBLIC BUILDINGS?
In Scotland, public buildings only use Energy Performance Certificates (EPC).
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR NON COMPLIANCE?
£500.00 per fine and must be placed in a prominent place (e.g. entrance to a building).