The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are to pay compensation of £5.7m to Landmark Information Group due to poor compliance with The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD).
This European directive was introduced to investigate areas where opportunities could be identified to improve the energy efficiency of buildings.
This directive required regulation in the form of energy certification for the following areas;
- Air-conditioning Inspections (ACIs)
- Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs)
- Display Energy Certificates (DECs)
Landmark Information Group was appointed to run the national register for lodgement of certificates for these areas and the poor uptake and policing has resulted in the £5.7m compensation being agreed.
Local trading standard departments are required to enforce the legal requirements of this certification process. However, it appears that due to the level of compensation agreed, many organisations are not complying.
Where’s the Logic?
Most organisations are seeing rising energy costs. Using energy efficiently can reduce costs, reduce emissions and help you gain competitive advantage.
Organisations that have air-conditioning systems will understand that this is a key area of energy use. If you can improve the efficiency of the system by 10% then that could lead to a significant reduction in costs and emissions.
An Air-conditioning Inspection looks at the efficiency of the system as well as the design and operational aspects. (Please see Diagram 1 below). The accompanying detailed report makes key recommendations on how to improve efficiency.