Display Energy Certificate and Advisory Report Local Government compliance in Northern England

Osaji, EE, Johnston, D and Glew, D 2018, Display Energy Certificate and Advisory Report Local Government compliance in Northern England , in: The 4th International SEEDS Conference, 6th-7th September 2018, Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland.

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Abstract

This paper is part of a Doctor of Engineering (D.Eng.) research that is investigating Central and Local Government Compliance with Display Energy Certificates (DECs) and Advisory Reports (ARs) in England and Wales. In this paper, summary statistics are produced on DEC and AR ratings, lodgement, and ‘Fabric-First’ priority recommendations of Local Governments Authorities (LGAs) in Northern England for 2008 to 2017. Northern England is England’s North East, North West and Yorkshire and the Humber. This is the first independent synthesis of data of this kind, which provides evidence on DEC and AR Local Government compliance in Northern England. This paper adopted and adapted research guidance for development of its Protocol for Quantitative Analysis of Local Government DEC and AR Compliance. It involved: • Accessing the OpenDataCommunities Platform to retrieve and catalogue DEC and AR bulk data for all LGAs in England and Wales. • Undertaking data cleaning to verify the integrity of the DEC and AR bulk data and to detect unintentional data corruption and duplication. • Undertaking Content, Statistical and Comparative Analyses to determine the extent of DEC and AR poor-ratings, non-lodgement, and ‘Fabric-First’ priority recommendations for LGAs in Northern England. The significant findings from this study include that: 7.2% of the 375 LGAs in England and Wales appear not to have lodged DECs and ARs via the OpenDataCommunities Platform; While none of the 22 LGAs in Wales have DEC and AR non-lodgement, 27 of the 353 LGAs in England have DEC and AR non-lodgement; The majority of DECs for the North East, North West, and Yorkshire and Humber regions of Northern England were rated ‘D’ with about 36.782%, 38.228%, and 34.856% respectively; The percentage of total DECs for these regions that will likely not meet the Government Property Unit target to attain DEC ‘A’ to ‘D’ ratings by 2018 are 32.228%, 36.077%, and 38.105% respectively; and The percentage of total AR Priority Recommendations for these regions that are related to the ‘Fabric-First’ approach are about 7.704%, 10.212%, and 8.458% respectively. These are significant, as it underlines likely difficulties that may be faced should minimum energy performance standards be introduced at a future date. The implication of such difficulties with compliance at this regional level is that the DEC and AR are not yet being fully complied with (or enforced) as originally intended by the principle underlying the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD). Future work will include: synthesis of quantitative evidence on DEC and AR LGA compliance in Wales and other regions of England; and creation of a Protocol for Qualitative Analysis of UK Government DEC and AR Compliance. These will help determine why DEC and AR poor-ratings, non-lodgement, and ‘Fabric-First’ priority recommendations occur for UK Central Government and LGAs in England and Wales.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools: Schools > School of the Built Environment
Journal or Publication Title: International Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society (SEEDS) Conference 2018 : conference proceedings
Publisher: LSI Publishing
ISBN: 9780995569034
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Depositing User: EE Osaji
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2020 14:38
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2020 14:45
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/58197

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