Making the best use of EPCs
Everest, the home improvement company, have recently undertaken some interesting analysis of Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) issued in England and Wales, which has been possible since the data was made publicly available in 2016. Their analysis of data from across the country reveals the best and worst rated areas for energy efficiency:
- The average EPC rating for a dwelling in England and Wales is D.
- Despite being the one of the most expensive place to live for property prices – London homes are the most energy efficient, and pay the least on bills, with Tower Hamlets, Greenwich and the City of London topping the chart as the three most energy efficient areas.
- The study reveals the 10 worst areas with the most F & G-rated certificates include the Isles of Scilly and three districts in Wales; Ceredigion and Gwynedd, Anglesey.
Elmhurst’s Martyn Reed comments that “although this analysis is not particularly sophisticated it is exciting that the wider business community is making use of the valuable information that energy assessors create. The more people who gain value from EPCs the better and hopefully the likes of Everest can use it as a catalyst for improving people’s homes”.
A disappointment for everyone concerned with energy efficiency is that that the data, which grows by approximately 5000 new homes each day, has not been updated since its launch in 2016, despite claims that it is refreshed every six months. In their 2019 Manifesto, Elmhurst asks Government to review and improve the availability of energy assessment data to ensure that we maximise the opportunities that will come from its use.
To read the article in Installer magazine click here https://www.installeronline.co.uk/revealed-best-worst-areas-energy-efficiency-england-wales/
To view the open data yourself click here https://epc.opendatacommunities.org/