New look EPC to be released

A new Energy Performance of Buildings Central Register is being launched on 20th September 2020 for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Some of the changes will impact the way that Energy Assessors will work but Elmhurst has also taken the opportunity to develop some great new tools to make life easier.

The changes to Energy Certificates will also affect estate agents, solicitors, building control bodies and others who receive Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) or Display Energy Certificates (DECs).

Why is the register changing?

Since 2008 the Central Registers for England, Wales and Northern Ireland have been developed and maintained by Landmark. However, earlier in 2020 Landmark’s contract to maintain these registers ended, and the government made the decision to bring the registers ‘in house’. The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has now developed a new ‘Energy Performance of Buildings Central Register’ which is due to be launched on Sunday 20th September 2020.

What will the new register and Energy Certificates look like?

The new Energy Performance of Buildings Central Register will consolidate the existing England, Wales and Northern Ireland domestic and non-domestic registers into one single location.

Government is encouraging use of a ‘web link’ (a URL) which can be passed to customers in order to connect them directly to the new register to obtain their Energy Certificates and further information. The user experience will be similar to other ".gov" websites (e.g. MOTs, Tax returns) with a hope that building owners become engaged and can continue on their journey to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings from a trusted Government website.

What will the new register and Energy Certificates look like?

The new Energy Performance of Buildings Central Register will consolidate the existing England, Wales and Northern Ireland domestic and non-domestic registers into one single location.

Government is encouraging use of a ‘web link’ (a URL) which can be passed to customers in order to connect them directly to the new register to obtain their Energy Certificates and further information. The user experience will be similar to other ".gov" websites (e.g. MOTs, Tax returns) with a hope that building owners become engaged and can continue on their journey to improve the energy efficiency of their buildings from a trusted Government website.

The Government is also changing the design and content of Energy Certificates to ensure that the most relevant information is available and easy to follow for home owners and tenants. To see an example of how the new energy certificate will look;

Elmhurst's Managing Director, Martyn Reed, comments: “This change has been very significant for Elmhurst with almost every application and back office system requiring some form of development. However, Elmhurst members and recipients of energy certificates will also need to make small changes to the way that they work. The new Energy Certificate format is not a great step change, but is a platform onto which further developments can be made, including the recommendations that came from the Energy Certificate consultation from 2019. Very few of us welcome change, but we believe that this is a necessary step to ensure that energy certificates remain fit for purpose. With the data now clearly owned and controlled by Government, we are excited by the opportunities that will come to improve both compliance and the energy efficiency of the buildings in which we live and work”.


If you have any questions then please consult with your local Elmhurst Energy Assessor (you can locate one here) or call 01455 883 250  


Published: 14/09/20

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