To enhance our offers to schools Eco-Schools have teamed up with accredited engineers to provide a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) service. Priced competitively (and at a lower price than we could previously offer), the DECs meet a legal requirement that most schools in England are required to comply with.
The government introduced Display Energy Certificate’s (DECs) to raise public awareness of energy use and to inform visitors to public buildings about the energy use of a building. DECs provide an energy rating of the building from A to G, where A is very efficient and G is the least efficient and are based on the actual amount of metered energy used by the building over the last 12 months within the validity period of the DEC.
An advisory report accompanies the DEC and contains recommendations for improving the energy performance of the building. The advisory report may contain a range of possible improvements, including cost effective measures that may be implemented to improve the energy performance of the property
If your local authority isn’t arranging for your school’s DEC to be completed, then why not let Eco-Schools organise it on your behalf?
How will it work?
If you choose us to undertake your DEC, an accredited energy assessor will visit your school and carry out a review of the building
After the energy assessor’s visit, you will receive your DEC and a report with advice on ways to make your school building more energy efficient
The cost of the visit, certificate and report depends on the size of the school and whether it is a first assessment or a renewal
Who must have them?
A DEC must be prominently displayed by Public Authorities or any organisation providing a Public Service. As from 9th January 2013, all schools with a total floor useful floor area of over 500m2 have been required to display a DEC and advisory report.
Who must have them and how long are they valid?
Where the building has a total floor area more than 1,000m2, DECs are valid for one year, so it is a legal requirement to update your school’s DEC annually. The accompanying advisory report is valid for seven years.
Where the building has a floor area of between 500m2 and 1,000m2, the DEC and advisory report are valid for 10 years.
What are the Penalties for Non Compliance?
Failing to display a Display Energy Certificate will result in a penalty of £500. The DEC must be displayed at all times in a prominent place in each building. There is also an additional £1,000 penalty for failing to have posession of a valid advisory report in each building. In addition to the these penalties, it is still necessary to commission the DEC.
DECs and Eco-Schools Energy Awards
Schools are required to submit their DEC as part of the Eco-Schools Green Flag application and ideally we'd like all Eco-Schools to log in and submit their new DEC each year. By submitting your DEC you could be eligible for one of our relaunched Eco-Schools Energy awards, to celebrate your energy efficiency.