Government failing to enforce Display Energy Certificates in public buildings

Is government failing to meet EPBD Regulations regarding Display Energy Certificates? DECs provide public buildings with an operational rating, in terms of energy usage and are considered an important element of the plans to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050.

This comes as Prime Minister Theresa May recently set out her intentions to make the UK carbon neutral by 2050, making it the first major world economy and member of G7 to commit to carbon neutrality. This commitment will come in the form of an amendment to the Climate Change Act, suggested in June.

Stroma members report obligations not met

It appears that government and local authorities are not enforcing the requirement for public buildings to complete regular Public Building Assessment Certification. Indeed, it appears that many local authorities are yet to appoint a fellow local authority to perform compliance activities. If no one is checking, is compliance suffering?

Stroma Certification’s members have reported that local authorities are simply not meeting their obligations to carry out DECs and renewals, and in some cases, are simply ceasing orders altogether.

10% reduction in lodged reports

Lodgement statistics on the EPC Register, operated by Landmark seem to give weight to these claims, illustrating that, over a rolling 12-month period there has been a 10% reduction in lodged reports. This is particularly concerning, as with the government’s obligation to renew Building Assessment Certification, the market should be flat as a minimum and display no reduction in lodgement numbers.

A serious industry problem

This issue presents a real problem for the industry, and the UK government’s aspirations to go carbon neutral by 2050, with so many government owned buildings being allowed to go unmeasured.

We are seeking the opportunity to discuss this issue with MHCLG and are also pursuing the matter with our industry partners in PEPA.

Andrew Parkin, Director of Energy Certification

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