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DECs a ‘benefit not a burden’
Cibse President, Andy Ford, has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon George Osborne MP, calling for the introduction of Display Energy Certificates (DECs) in the commercial sector.

DECs, which show the annual energy consumption of buildings, already apply to public buildings and there is growing evidence that they are helping to reduce public spending on energy bills. DECs, supporters say, provide essential data that is needed to implement effective energy reduction measures and cut public energy bills.

Despite widespread calls to introduce DECs for larger business premises, there have been concerns in government that they would be a burden, rather than a benefit.

In Cibse's letter to the Chancellor the Institution highlights how the results of government's own work on its estate show the scale of the benefits.

With the government beating its own target of 10% cut in emissions from their estate in the last year – reducing emissions by 13.8% across the 3,000 buildings and cutting government energy bills by £13m.

Most of the buildings involved had DECs to measure actual energy use and recommend improvement measures.

With the estimated cost of producing the certificates being £900,000, the savings far exceed the costs of the certificates.

Hywel Davies, Cibse technical director said: “If we are to meet the tough targets for cutting UK emissions by 80% by 2050 we must take action now to ensure our buildings are using energy efficiently. We see the introduction of DECs to the commercial sector as essential to this goal, and so are calling on Mr Osborne to support the amendment of the Energy Bill to include provisions for DECs in the commercial sector.”