Confirmation of Changes in Legislation for DECs
Elmhurst have now received final confirmation regarding the forthcoming change in legislation for Display Energy Certificates (DEC) for smaller buildings in England, Wales and NI. The following extract is from a communication received from The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
Subject to regulatory and Parliamentary approval, from 9 January 2013, it will be a requirement that a Display Energy Certificate is displayed in a prominent place in buildings with a total useful floor area of between 500m2 - 999m that are occupied by a public authority and frequently visited by the public. The DEC for these buildings will be valid for 10 years. A 10 year validity period is the maximum permitted by EPBD Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD) 2. It is Government policy when implementing new Directives not to go further than the minimum requirements.
At present, OR software, including ORCalc, which is used to produce the Display Energy Certificate and associated Advisory Report automatically produces a DEC ‘validity’ date of one year.
ORCalc will be amended in due course to address this issue. In the meantime, all DECs and Advisory Reports produced using existing Government-approved software are valid for the purpose of producing DECs for buildings of less than 1,000m2 and the associated Advisory Report. A one year and seven year ‘validity’ date on the DEC and Advisory Report respectively will not invalidate the documents.
Following the introduction of the new requirements, public authorities will be allowed a reasonable transitional period with which to comply, in line with the approach adopted when the requirement for DECs was first introduced on 1 October 2008.
Display Energy Certificated (DEC) assessors may find themselves producing DECs for these smaller buildings showing an incorrect validity date until such time as the software is revised. As noted in the DCLG announcement, the software will be revised in due course to deal with this.
For more information please call the Elmhurst Non Domestic Team on 01455 883 231.