- Title: DECs – Are they worth the energy?
- Project: Industry Analysis by survey
- Outcome: Insightful understanding of the industries views & value placed on DECs
In 2009 CarbonPlan conducted a study to assess the value of Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for Facilities Managers with the intention of answering questions such as:
- What level of uptake has there been in Display Energy Certificates?
- What effect have Display Energy Certificates had on the energy performance of buildings?
- Are Display Energy Certificates considered value for money?
In 2011 we carried out a revised survey to update the above questions so that progress could be monitored. This report sets out the detailed responses to the follow up questions:
- Provides analysis on where we feel that DEC delivery needs to be improved
- Provides advice to Facilities Managers on procurement of DECs
- Makes recommendations on key changes that should be implemented by Regulatory Bodies
The study was based on direct input from Facilities Managers in the education sector, directly responsible for well over 300 DEC compliant buildings. Although all respondents did not answer every question we feel that the sample size is significant and that similarities in building management across all sectors mean that the findings are likely to be relevant to any Facilities Manager. The reports can be found on our downloads page
They should be more reflective of the building’s energy efficiency. At the moment the methodology is too crude and so buildings with high plug loads, special requirements for environmental control, extended hours of operation or which are intensively occupied tend to
rate quite poorly