Government Opens Up Access to Energy Assessment Data

Government Opens Up Access to Energy Assessment Data

In a move welcomed by energy efficiency experts, the UK government has made important changes to the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012. The amendments, which come into force on 24th June 2024, will improve access to data related to energy assessments and Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).

Under the new rules, building owners, landlords, occupiers, and third parties with their consent, will be able to access more detailed information about the energy performance of buildings. This includes data collected during energy assessments that is lodged on the official register.

At Quidos, we think this is a really positive step that will help drive improvements in energy efficiency. By opening up access to this valuable data, the government is empowering stakeholders to make informed decisions about retrofitting and upgrades. It’s something the industry has been calling for.

Previously, strict data sharing restrictions were in place to prevent unauthorized access. However, this also limited owners’ and occupiers’ ability to access useful energy performance data about their own properties.

From 24th June 2024, the government, accreditation schemes, or energy assessors will be permitted to disclose assessment data for a particular building to the owner, landlord, occupier, or third parties with consent.

Having this granular data will be invaluable for identifying underperforming buildings and targeting investment where it can have the biggest impact on reducing energy bills and carbon emissions. It aligns perfectly with our mission to create more sustainable housing and help tackle fuel poverty.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities will issue updated guidance on the regulatory changes shortly. We will keep our clients informed as further details emerge.