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DCLG takes top certificate in creating confusion

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    Alan Aldridge

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    ESTA also fully supports the universal application of DECs. If we could choose just one policy measure to use, it would be DECs.

    There is overwhelming evidence, not least at CLG offices, that DECs work and bring all the savings and benefits associated with reducing the demand side consumption.

    Demand-side Energy Efficiency is supported from the ‘very top of Government’ [David Cameron, Energy Efficiency Mission Launch 4 February 2013] but this clearly does not extend to CLG.

    CLG and presumably BIS, see DECs as an unnecessary overhead, red tape, without considering what benefit and saving they achieve. ESTA supports DECs because they are the only major measure that focuses on how well buildings are operated and maintained.

    CLG has effectively blocked a very efficient way of creating DECs automatically from an installed aM&T metering system by introducing extortionate fees for software accreditation. This has killed the market for this very low cost way of producing the annual DECs – increasing cost to the public sector rather than reducing it.

    And we haven’t even mentioned enforcement!

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      Andrew Warren

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      Alan
      Thank you for this generous endorsement. I am very aware of just how important the widespread use of DECs can potentially be for ESTA members.
      You raise a very important point about how an arbitrary charging decision taken by CLG effectively hinders the potential for developing DECs via installed aM&T metering systems.
      And of course, as you conclude, I didn’t even mention the overall issue of the absence of enforcement of the law of the land. But if you trawl this website, you will find this is a scandal that I have addressed many times before in previous columns, and other statements. Not that CLG has done much to tighten up in consequence…

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    E Ramsay

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    I sincerely doubt whether Eric Pickles would know the difference between an EPC and a DEC. As a CommunitiesSecretary he would be far better use as a door stop.

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    Andrew

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    Yes, as usual mr warren has hit the nail on the head. We in the energy performance certificate world have been calling for the extension of DECs to smaller and none LA buildings, only to be lead up the garden path ( not for the first time I may add) by DCLG, who have managed to make the implementation of extending the DEC a total farce. the whole point on a DEC was to enable & demonstrate a yr on yr improvement. The EPC does not do this & a DEC valid for 10 yrs won’t either.

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      Andrew Warren

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      Andrew
      Thank you for this kind comment, and not just concerning this particular column. Much appreciated. i make it a rule always to believe flattery.
      I entirely agree that it is utterly ludicrous for CLG to be requiring companies to post an Energy Performance Certificate “in a prominent place.” I understand that this is an option that NOBODY pressed Mr Pickles to require to be displayed, particularly in preference to the established annual DEC. A ludicrous decision, that needs to be overturned asap.

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    Laurence Budge

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    It has been clear from the beginning that the Conservative part of this government cares nothing for energy efficiency or confronting the fossil fuel lobby. The deniers and de-regulators have their ear and pull their strings. Nothing good will come from them in this area of policy.

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      Andrew Warren

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      Dear Laurence

      I do not share your pessimism. For instance, earlier this month the Prime Minister opened the Energy Efficiency Deployment Office Mission Launch at the Royal Society, with a ringing endorsement of energy efficiency and indeed the entire Green Energy agenda. You can find the full text of his speech on our website. It is genuinely inspiring.

      But I agree it would be best were all other Cabinet members to be equally convinced of these arguments. Beginning perhaps with the Cabinet Minister about whom I wrote this column about which you kindly took the time to comment.

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