Everything you need to know about a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) assessor
Whether you are required by law to have a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) or are interested in becoming a DEC assessor, there are some important things you must be aware of. Below we explore everything you need to know about DECs and Display Energy Certificate Training.
What is a DEC?
In general, DECs are used to indicate the energy performance and efficiency of public buildings. They were introduced as a response to the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and were implemented in January 2009. Public buildings of 250m2 or larger are required to display a DEC which highlights their actual energy usage.
What is a DEC assessor?
A DEC assessor is a type of energy assessor who completes the energy calculations of a public building using approved Operational Rating software. A DEC assessor must be properly accredited and qualified for their DECs to be valid.
How do you become a DEC assessor?
There are two primary routes for individuals who wish to become an accredited DEC assessor. If you are a professional working in the energy assessment industry, a DEC- Experienced Practitioner Route (APEL) would be most suitable. The course lasts one day and builds on an individual's existing knowledge of building regulations, architect plans, etc. For individuals new to the energy assessment industry, a two-day course is available, DEC - New Entrant Training, which includes an introduction to energy assessment.
Due to the aforementioned EU rulings that make DECs necessary, there is a great demand for DEC assessors, making energy assessor training very popular. Elmhurst Energy is the UK's largest energy assessment scheme and has both DEC - Experienced Practitioner Route and DEC - New Entrant Training courses available. For more information about DEC training or the courses Elmhurst Energy provide, contact us today!