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It Pays To Know Your DEC From Your EPC

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Understanding the meaning of energy industry abbreviations like DEC and EPC could save your business money.

EPC needs your attention

All industries have their own jargon but failing to know it doesn’t usually hit their customers in the pocket. In energy, however, businesses could be fined if they don’t know the rules behind some abbreviations.


There are financial penalties for non-compliance with EPBD (Energy Performance of Buildings Directive) requirements such as commercial energy performance certificates (EPC) and display energy certificates (DEC), for example.

If you’re selling or renting out business premises in England and Wales, you need an EPC. These energy performance certifications rate how energy efficient your commercial building is from A to G.

The fines for failing to make an EPC available to a prospective buyer or tenant range from £500 to £5,000, based on a fixed penalty of, in most cases, 12.5 per cent of the rateable value of the building. There’s a default penalty of £750 where the formula cannot be applied.

A further penalty fixed at £200 can also be issued for failure to provide a copy of the EPC when requested within seven days.


DEC the halls

For owners of public buildings, another need-to-know abbreviation is DEC or display energy certificates, which came into force from 9 July 2015. They were created to raise public awareness of energy use in buildings ‘occupied by a public authority’.

The certificates provide an energy rating from A (very efficient, low CO2 emissions) to G (least efficient, high CO2 emissions) based on energy consumption over a 12-month period of meter readings.

A DEC has to be no smaller than A3 in size and clearly displayed in any frequently visited public building with a total useful floor area exceeding 250m2.

If you fail to display a DEC at all times in a prominent place that the public can clearly see you could be fined £500, while failing to possess or have in your control a valid advisory report could cost you £1,000.

Get your DEC or EPC … PDQ

EPC/DEC compliance is often criticised for being poorly policed but if you don’t want your business to be made an example of, compliance is easy and simpler with the right support.

Only an accredited energy assessor like one of our team at Utilitywise can produce a DEC and advisory report for public buildings or an EPC together with a recommendation report (RR) for commercial properties.

If you’re a public sector organisation, our DEC assessors will review the energy consumed to see if it’s in line with approved methodology and visit your site to calculate the operational rating and produce a DEC and advisory report (AR).

For commercial properties, our EPC assessors will survey your site and gather data, create a 3D model and data, generate an EPC and a RR, lodge your EPC with our accreditation body and official Landmark government database and deliver the certificate in an agreed format.

Find out how Utilitywise can help with EPC services and DEC assessments.

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A Good Look At How Homes Will Become More Energy Efficient Soon

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Everyone always talks about ways they can save energy at home, but the tactics are old school. They’re only tweaking the way they do things at the moment. Sealing holes in your home isn’t exactly the next scientific breakthrough we’ve been waiting for.

There is some good news because technology is progressing quickly. Some tactics might not be brand new, but they’re becoming more popular. Here are a few things you should expect to see in homes all around the country within a few years.


1. The Rise Of Smart Windows

When you look at a window right now it’s just a pane of glass. In the future they’ll be controlled by microprocessors and sensors. They’ll change depending on the specific weather conditions directly outside.

If the sun disappears the shade will automatically adjust to let in more light. The exact opposite will happen when it’s sunny. These energy efficient windows will save everyone a huge amount of money.

2. A Better Way To Cool Roofs

If you wanted to cool a roof down today you would coat it with a material full of specialized pigments. This would allow roofs to deflect the sun and they’d absorb less heat in the process too.

Soon we’ll see the same thing being done, but it will be four times more effective. Roofs will never get too hot again. Anyone with a large roof is going to see a sharp decrease in their energy bills.


3. Low-E Windows Taking Over

It’s a mystery why these aren’t already extremely popular, but things are starting to change. Read low-E window replacement reviews and you’ll see everyone loves them because they’re extremely effective.

They’ll keep heat outside in summer or inside in winter. People don’t even have to buy new windows to enjoy the technology. All they’ll need is a low-E film to place over their current ones.

4. Magnets Will Cool Fridges

Refrigerators haven’t changed much in a very long time. They’re still using a vapor compression process that wastes energy while harming the environment. It won’t be long until they’ll be cooled using magnets instead.

The magnetocaloric effect is going to revolutionize cold food storage. The fluid these fridges are going to use will be water-based, which means the environment can rest easy and energy bills will drop.

5. Improving Our Current LEDs

Everyone who spent a lot of money on energy must have been very happy when LEDs became mainstream. Incandescent light bulbs belong in museums today because the new tech cut costs by up to 85 percent.

That doesn’t mean someone isn’t always trying to improve on an already great invention. The amount of lumens LEDs produce per watt isn’t great, but we’ve already found a way to increase it by 25 percent.

Maybe Homes Will Look Different Too

Do you think we’ll come up with new styles of homes that will take off? Surely it’s not out of the question. Everything inside homes seems to be changing for the better with each passing year. It’s going to continue doing so thanks to amazing inventors.

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IEMA Urge Government’s Industrial Strategy Skills Overhaul To Adopt A “Long View Approach”

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IEMA, in response to the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, have welcomed the focus on technical skills and education to boost “competence and capability” of tomorrow’s workforce.

Policy experts at the world’s leading professional association of Environment and Sustainability professionals has today welcomed Prime Minister Teresa May’s confirmation that an overhaul of technical education and skills will form a central part of the Plan for Britain – but warns the strategy must be one for the long term.

Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor at IEMA said this morning that the approach and predicted investment in building a stronger technical skills portfolio to boost the UK’s productivity and economic resilience is positive, and presents an opportunity to drive the UK’s skills profile and commitment to sustainability outside of the EU.


Commenting on the launch of the Government’s Industrial Strategy Green Paper, Baxter said today:

“Government must use the Industrial Strategy as an opportunity to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low-carbon, resource efficient economy – one that is flexible and agile and which gives a progressive outlook for the UK’s future outside the EU.

We welcome the focus on skills and education, as it is vital that tomorrow’s workforce has the competence and capability to innovate and compete globally in high-value manufacturing and leading technology.

There is a real opportunity with the Industrial Strategy, and forthcoming 25 year Environment Plan and Carbon Emissions Reduction Plan, to set long-term economic and environmental outcomes which set the conditions to unlock investment, enhance natural capital and provide employment and export opportunities for UK business.


We will ensure that the Environment and Sustainability profession makes a positive contribution in responding to the Green Paper.”

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