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Government plans to scrap DECs ‘beggars belief’, says UK-GBC

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The UK Green Building Council has slammed government plans to scrap energy ratings for public buildings

In a consultation published yesterday (11 February), the government revealed plans to abolish Display Energy Certificates (DECs) for some public buildings.

It is currently a legal requirement for all public buildings over 1,000m² to display a certificate showing their actual energy use but the proposals contained within the latest consultation suggests schools, swimming pools, and town halls may now become exempt.

The UK-GBC has hit out at the proposed changes, saying the government is overlooking the potential benefits of the system.

John Alker, acting chief executive of the UK-GBC, said: ‘Any suggestion of scrapping DECs for public buildings simply beggars belief. Government time and again trots out the mantra of not ‘gold-plating’ EU requirements to minimise administrative costs, but completely misses the potential benefits that going further offers.

‘There are clear examples – including the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s own headquarters - where DECs have helped public bodies to reduce their energy use and slash bills by an amount that hugely outweighs the administrative costs.’

He added: ‘Rather than rowing back on DECs, Government needs to ensure they are better enforced, with a view to extending them beyond public buildings.’

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