“More than a fifth of public buildings with display energy
certificates (DECs) have the worst energy rating available,
according to government figures.”
CIBSE Journal, Feb 2009.
Ecotag have a better score with only 13% of the DECs we supplied
attaining a G rating and half of those were as a result of having no data
available. When the DECs are renewed later this year we are looking
forward to seeing what kind of improvements have been made.
“An estimated 1.6 million commercial properties could face environmental fines for not acquiring their EPCs before the 4 January deadline, according to Envos.”
Commercial properties facing fines after EPC deadline passes, Building Sustainable Design, 8th January 2009.
The DCLG website states that there are sufficient numbers of trained commercial energy assessors to meet demand, so unfortunately if you should have an EPC you need to act fast. Trading standards get to keep any revenue made from fines, which they might find appealing if their budget is being squeezed.
Trading Standards are only required to check whether you have an EPC and have made it available to the relevant parties. The fine can be between £500 and £5,000 for each infringement, based on the rateable value of the property. It is the accreditation bodies that are responsible for checking that the EPC is accurate.
“One of the most interesting findings is that, although 67% of those surveyed* expect to get either a C or D rating, only 27% anticipate an E, F or G. This suggests that either BCO (British Council for Offices) members inhabit very up-to-date buildings or they’re in for a shock, because a building constructed to 1995 Part L standards - which includes everything built up until 2002 - would get an E.”
“Fortunately, a healthy dose of realism is in evidence elsewhere in the survey. Most respondents see bad ratings as bad news. A majority, 55%, expect poorly performing buildings to be worth less. Only 13% expect the value of good buildings to go up without affecting the value of the bad ones.”
Energy Performance Certificates: Don't Kid Yourself, 2008, Building, by Thomas Lane
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