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Energy Saving Trust closer to EPC data access

The Government has welcomed granting the Energy Saving Trust access to domestic energy performance certificate (EPC) data.

The view was outlined in the summary of responses to The Next Steps: EPCs and the establishment of the Green Homes Service consultation which was launched in June 2008.

The EST would use the information to target those living in F and G rated properties with suggestions of energy saving measures.

The Government also looked favourably on giving the EST permission to aggregate and publish EPC data, allowing it to track the energy efficiency of the nation’s domestic building stock as it evolves over time.

Data would be supplied to the EST under a Memorandum of Understanding designed to safeguard the consumer from indiscriminate advertising with a breach leading to withdrawal of access.

In the same document, the Government demurred on giving the Carbon Trust access to non-domestic EPC data.

Government said it would “work with the Carbon Trust and stakeholders to develop more specific proposals for legislation in the spring”.

A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said the Government was likely to take a decision in the autumn on how to implement these proposals and envisaged secondary legislation as the most likely route.

The Government received 45 responses to the consultation including from the Association for the Conservation of Energy, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers, Energy Efficiency Partnership for Homes and the Oil Firing Technical Association.

The summary of responses can be found here