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NG Bailey boss leads calls for tougher action on DECs

The head of sustainability at NG Bailey, Cal Bailey (pictured), is securing high-profile support for a campaign to increase green development by toughening up the use of display energy certificates.

More than 30 firms, including Bovis Lend Lease and Marks & Spencer, are supporting the campaign for DECs to be prominently displayed in all non-residential buildings.

The certificates rate buildings from A to G on energy efficiency and are mandatory on public sector buildings larger than
1,000 sq m.

Mr Bailey has discussed the issue with the UK Green Building Council, which has been garnering support within the industry for DECs to be rolled out on all non-residential buildings across the UK.

Mr Bailey said: “Those developing green buildings at present might be doing it for a number of reasons but they aren’t doing it to make money. It is to help get planning permission or to be seen to be a green developer because it is good PR.

“The challenge is to make it economic for developers to make green buildings. To do this we need to ensure that DECs are visible, that way if they are displayed prominently in big buildings it will transform awareness.”

The UKGBC and the British Property Federation last week sent an open letter to senior ministers calling for the Energy Bill to legislate on DECs being rolled out in the private sector.

Mr Bailey said the government did not have to force owners to have good ratings, but by increasing visibility, DECs would ensure greater value was put on green buildings.