Energy performance rating scheme for offices launched

An operational energy performance rating scheme has been launched in the UK following successful completion of trials in the office sector. The VolDEC voluntary display energy certificate scheme has been developed by a working partnership between the National Energy Foundation and Phil Jones of Building Energy Solutions and piloted with Legal & General Property.

Based on mandatory display energy certificate (DEC) methodology, VolDEC is described by its creators as a simple but robust engagement tool that is easy to understand and helps target action to improve energy performance and drive down consumption. Indicative prices for the VolDECs range from £250 per certificate for up to 10 buildings to £75 per certificate for more than 51 buildings. Further information is outlined in the scheme’s new website.

In a joint statement, Phil Jones of Building Energy Solutions and Malcolm Hanna, National Energy Foundation technical director, said: “VolDECs have been designed to make it easy for energy managers to measure and highlight energy performance consistently. They are based on simple data, and are inexpensive and quick to produce. What’s more, they are unique in that they address the issues associated with the landlord and tenant energy split in the office sector.

“The launch of the website is the latest phase in making VolDECs widely available in the market. The next stage will include extending the scheme into other sectors and to incorporate environmental issues such as waste and water, and enhancing the website so that clients can input their data electronically and create their VolDEC certificates via an online portal.”

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