Display Energy Certificates (DEC)
A Display Enery Certificate (DEC) is required for any building that exceeds 500m2 which is frequently visited by the public. A DEC will also be required where the total useful floor area of the building exceeds 250m2 which 'is occupied in whole or part by public authorities and frequently visited by the public'.
The BMA legal department have said that for the purposes of a GP practice the definition of a public building is likely to include surgery premises, as GP practices are in receipt of public funds and provide a public service to large numbers of people who visit regularly.
They have added that their opinion is that it would be for the occupier of the building, rather than the owner to arrange the DEC (the use of the building will usually be dictated by the occupier so it would make sense for them to arrange same if the above criteria is applicable to them). However, the position might be different if NHS Propco owns the building, rather than a private landlord, in which case they will probably be responsible for obtaining and paying for the DEC. The guidance does also state that where there is doubt over whether a DEC is needed, it is good practice to obtain one (Guide to Display Energy Certificates and Advisory reports for Public Buildings). The DEC is purely based on the overall output of a building and not each single piece of equipment.
The assessment must be undertaken by an accredited energy assessor using the methodology approved by the Secretary of State. To check that an energy assessor is a member of an accreditation scheme, a search facility is available on the central register website: www.ndepcregister.com
To view the Regulations please visit: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2012/3118/regulation/14/made