Details of 16 million EPCs and DECs made open data
Elmhurst Energy is delighted to announce that The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has made the register of Energy Performance Certificates and Display Energy Certificates accessible, with a new powerful, user friendly application. Access to the data is free and requires users to complete a simple registration process, which takes seconds.
The BBC had an influence in making the data public when, in January 2014, they attempted to get access to the data under the Environmental Information Regulations. When their request was rejected they took their case to the Information Commissioner who agreed that the ability to download EPCs individually did not meet the legal definition of "easily accessible".
Last year, and in preparation for this new feature, DCLG created a function on the central register page where home owners could opt out of having their property details made public.
Elmhurst is delighted that this invaluable data resource is now so easily accessible and believe that, in the right hands, it can be used to drive forward energy efficient and the value of energy certificates. There are conditions around the use of data which users should be familiar with and we would encourage DCLG to act firmly if users attempt to misuse the data.
It must be remembered that an EPC is legally valid for up to ten years and therefore much of the information given on the website will be out of date because the methodology has changed over time, fuel prices change and, building owners have improved their property which may not have been reflected in a new EPC. Maybe now the time has come to reduce the validity of EPCs down to a more meaningful three years, before poor analysis leads to misleading conclusions.
If you are a landlord, homeowner or tenant requiring help to understand the data then please contact any of the 8000 Elmhurst Members, your nearest can be located on our Search for an Assessor facility. Company or educational users needing expert guidance in how to interpret and use the data should call Elmhurst on 01455 883 250.
To access the data first you need to register by clicking here.