Up to 20 million energy certificates made “open data”
Elmhurst Energy is delighted to announce that The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has updated the open data register of Energy Performance Certificates and Display Energy Certificates to include all certificates issued up to 31st May 2019. Access to the data is free and requires users to complete a simple registration process, which takes seconds.
Elmhurst is delighted that this invaluable data resource has been updated and believe that, in the right hands, it can be used to drive forward energy efficiency and the value of energy certificates. There are conditions around the use of data which users should be familiar with and we would encourage MHCLG 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that an EPC is legally valid for up to ten years and therefore much of the information given on the website will be out of date because the methodology has changed over time, fuel prices change, and building owners have improved their property, which may not have been reflected in a new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 7000 Elmhurst Members, using our Search for Assessor facilty, featured on the home page. Company or educational users needing expert guidance on 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.
Article published: 23rd August 2019