Some of the biggest names in the UK property industry have joined together to call on the Government to honour its commitments on energy efficiency ratings, as MPs debate the Energy Bill in the House of Commons.
Senior industry figures have sent an open letter to the Prime Minister and other senior ministers, calling for the Energy Bill to be used to legislate on Display Energy Certificates (DECs), which provide an A-G energy efficiency rating for buildings.
The certificates are currently mandatory for public sector buildings, but are not compulsory in the private sector. Non domestic buildings currently account for up to 17% of the UK’s carbon emissions.
The letter, initiated by the British Property Federation and the UK Green Building Council, argues that without legislation, private property owners could be disadvantaged by opting to display their energy rating. Signatures to the letter include Francis Solway, chief executive, of Land Securities, Dan Labbad, chief executive officer EMEA, Lend Lease and Bill Hughes, managing director of Legal & General Property.