Knowledgebase: DCLG Guide to DECs
What an advisory report contains
Posted by Mike Gordon on 22 July 2015 12:38 PM

The advisory report accompanies the DEC and contains recommendations for improving the energy performance of the building. The advisory report may contain a range of possible improvements, including cost effective measures that may be implemented to improve the energy performance of the property. The report includes zero and low cost operational and management improvements, possible upgrades to the building fabric or services, and opportunities for the installation of low and zero carbon (LZC) technologies.

The report enables the occupier to identify what may be done to improve, for example, building energy management, building services, etc. therefore reducing energy consumption and CO2 emissions.

The advisory report categorises the list of recommendations, by payback period as follows:

  1. short term payback (up to three years), for example building energy management measures
  2. medium term payback (three to seven years), for example upgrading building service
  3. long term payback (more than seven years), for example low and zero carbon technologies
  4. each category includes the energy assessor’s selection of the most suitable improvement measures for the building, generally between five and 10 measures. The advisory report also includes the energy assessor’s recommendations which may include additional improvement measures, for example measures recommended by a previous energy audit
  5. the advice provided in the advisory report is intended to be for information only. Occupiers receiving an advisory report are advised to seek further detailed professional advice before reaching any decision on how to improve the energy performance of the building