Startling DCLG Statistics Raises Cause for Industry Concern

DCLG have today announced statistics relating to lodgement of Energy Performance Certificates to the national register for England and Wales. The data covers domestic (existing and new build), non domestic buildings (existing and new build) and Display Energy Certificates used in certain sized buildings visited by the public.

Elmhurst will endeavour to analyse in more detail trends and information which can be gathered by this data. However we have conducted a quick analysis to present the following bits of information which may be of interest to our members.

For Q2 (April to June) 2015, the volume of ALL EPCs lodged, covering all buildings types, is 18% down  on the same quarter in 2014. This is extremely disappointing and cause for concern within the industry. For domestic buildings, which is the largest volume of EPCs, the decrease is 16%. Elmhurst believe the significant reduction overall is due in combination to ECO2 not starting in earnest yet (which requires RdSAP EPC to be lodged) and also non compliance issues.

Very interestingly the average energy use per m2 in domestic existing properties is actually rising in this quarter compared to last year. The average home used an average of 249 (kWH/m2 p/a) in Q2 2014 and is now using 271 (kWH/m2 p/a) in Q2 2015. The average CO2 emissions are also rising from 4.31 to 4.45 tonnes p/a. This is a particularly worrying trend, which is occurring at the same time as the Government is removing or reviewing all current policies for energy efficiency!

In other indicators, there are 11% of domestic properties that reach an energy efficiency rating (SAP rating) of A or B, 65% C or D and still 24% of England and Wales properties are languishing with ratings of E,F or G (the lowest).

The one good news story is with New Build domestic properties which experienced a 28% increase in EPCs lodged; a positive indicator for the house building industry returning to work. Further to this all the indicators suggest that Energy use is reducing in new build properties on average (good news for home owners). The Carbon emissions are also reducing. As expected due to Part L of the Building Regulations;  80% of new dwellings achieve an A or B energy efficiency rating (SAP rating), 19% score C or D, and only 1% achieve E, F or G.

In non domestic buildings the lodgements have decreased by 11% from last year – this is significant and must be in some way linked to compliance and enforcement.

There are lots more facts and figures which we will analyse. The numbers above are not great news stories for our industry. However It is essential that we all move forward to ensure that energy efficiency is kept at the forefront of political discussions. Elmhurst will continue to work hard on behalf of our members querying recent DECC announcements on Zero Carbon Standards, removing of funding for the Green Deal Finance Company and other reviews of energy efficiency standards.

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