Existing buildings are recognised as being responsible for high proportion carbon emissions. There is new legislation in place requiring Public Buildings over 1000m2 to display a certificate giving the building an energy rating similar to those for fridges, where a rating of A - is very efficient and G - is least efficient.
These are based on the actual amount of metered energy used by the building over a period of 12 months.
The purpose of introducing Display Energy Certificates (DECs) is to raise public awareness of energy use and to inform visitors to public buildings about the energy used within the building. This is part of the Governments implementation in England and Wales of the European Directive 2002/91/EC on the Energy Performance of Buildings.
In addition to the Display Energy Certificates, there are also Energy Performance Certificates; these are required now for the construction, sale or rental of all buildings.
For further information about Display Energy Certificates please contact the Sustainability and Energy Management Team, Christina Taylor on 0121 303 6547
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