DEC – Display Energy Performance Certificate
Similar to EPCs, Display Energy Certificates (DECs) provide an energy performance rating A to G for public sector buildings. Unlike EPCs the DECs take into account how the building is being used, and takes the previous year’s energy usage of the building into account.
A DEC is required for all publicly funded buildings that have a total useful floor area of over 500m² and are frequently visited by members of the public. This floor area will reduce from 500m² to 250m² on the 9th July 2015.
The DEC must be displayed in a prominent place within the building and be clearly visible to the public. A DEC is only valid for one year and must be updated annually.
A DEC must be accompanied by an advisory report which provides recommendations on how to improve the energy performance rating of the building. The advisory report is valid for seven years and does not need to be displayed to the public.
NICEIC – Electrical Periodic Reporting
Electrical hazards are invisible but deadly, causing fires and electrical shock. These hazards are easily preventable if you use an NICEIC to install, inspect and maintain electrical installations.
Government figures estimate that there are around 10 fatal and 2,000 non-fatal electric shock accidents in the home each year. However, there are about 12,500 electrical fires in homes across the UK each year. Although many incidents are caused by faulty appliances rather than the electrical installation itself, a properly installed and well-maintained installation could save lives.
Cables, switches, socket-outlets and other equipment deteriorate with prolonged use, so they all need to be checked and necessary replacements or repairs made in good time.
Whilst it is relatively easy to make an electrical circuit work – it is far more challenging to make the circuit work safely. To avoid the dangers that electricity can create to you and others it is essential that electrical work is carried out only by those with the correct knowledge, skill and experience in the type of electrical work to be undertaken.
Compliance with the Building Regulations in England and Wales is governed by CLG – ensure compliance by using an NICEIC-registered contractor to undertake work covered by Building Regulations.
Ensure compliance to the Building Regulations – always use an NICEIC-registered contractor to undertake work covered by the Building Regulations.
If you are a homeowner or own a rental property, you are responsible for compliance with legally binding Building Regulations.
The Building Regulations apply to building work in England and Wales and set standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the health and safety of people in or about those buildings. Equivalent Regulations apply in Scotland under the Building (Scotland) Act 2003.
We use registered contractors to ensure that all installations and maintenance are safe and correct.
ECO³ – Energy Company Obligation
What is ECO³ – Energy Company Obligation?
The government’s response to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO³) consultation sets out the policy of the scheme that will run from Autumn 2018 until March 2022. The scheme delivers energy efficiency and heating measures to homes in Great Britain.
The scheme’s other main policies include:
- focusing the entire scheme to support low income, vulnerable and fuel poor households
- reducing the current supplier obligation threshold of 250,000 customer accounts (or equivalent) for the scheme, in a phased way, to 150,000 customer accounts (or equivalent) from 2020
- requiring 15% of measures to be delivered to rural homes
- increasing the proportion of the scheme that can be delivered under local authority flexible eligibility to 25%
- allowing up to 10% of a suppliers’ obligation to be met through the delivery of new, innovative products
- supporting households that have a broken heating system by allowing the equivalent of 35,000 broken heating systems to be replaced per year
- encouraging a multiple measure approach by allowing the replacement of inefficient heating systems to be replaced (outside of the broken heating system cap) if they are installed alongside insulation
- requiring the equivalent of at least 17,000 solid walled homes to be treated per year, either through solid wall insulation, or using a combination of other technologies (if equivalent savings can be achieved in the property)
Solar Calculations Feed-in Tariff (FIT)
Replacement for Feed-in Tariff – Announced (1st January 2020).
Following a consultation earlier this year, the Department for Business, Energy, & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has just (10th June) released a response to the consultation and introduced new secondary legislation for the replacement of the Feed-in Tariff. The Smart Energy Guarantee (SEG) will be provided by energy companies to small-scale energy generators for installations up to 5MW. As the Guarantee price will be determined by the company, there will hopefully be a range of different pay back prices available for generators. In order to be eligible, generators will need to have a smart meter fitted to their property. The main change that will impact on Energy Assessors is that there is no energy efficiency criteria needed for eligibility. With FiT, the dwelling needed an EPC D rating prior to renewable installation in order to get the higher tariff price; the new SEG will be a single price, thereby eliminating a need to ensure an efficiency rating. Only the very basics of Scheme have been released, but the SEG Licensees should be in place by 1st October 2019, with the full mechanisms and guidance in place by 1st January 2020.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has confirmed that from 1 April homes must have an energy performance certificate (EPC) at level D or above to qualify for higher feed-in tariff rates.
DECC has estimated that around half of UK homes reach level D already. But for the other half this will mean they will have to spend extra time and money in upgrading their home to reach the standard before installing solar PV. For homes that no not reach level D they will receive a lower tariff of 7.1p per kWh.
Receive a guaranteed tariff of 16p per kWh by installing after 31 July 2012. The latest pricing can offer excellent rates of return which is still tax free, inflation linked and guaranteed by the government for the next 20 years.