In an effort to make more data publicly available, the Department for Communities and Local Government will be releasing cumulative EPC data for domestic and non-domestic buildings.
Until 30th June 2016, owners and occupiers of commercial property who hold EPCs are able to opt-out of the data release should they not want their EPC information to be released to the public.
However, EVORA advises against blanket opt-outs, without careful consideration and defined reasons, on the following grounds:
- Each EPC must be opted out individually – the opt-out process becomes very time consuming.
- The reuse of addresses for other purposes (including marketing) is prohibited.
- The information is valuable to researchers, whose goal will be to advise on the effectiveness of the regime and will help inform future government policy and the real estate industry is crying out for better informed Government Policy.
Information is still available via the national non-domestic EPC register (where it is possible to search for EPCs on an asset-by-asset basis – so interested parties can still check for individual asset EPCs).
Data was previously released in January 2015. You can download the data to see how it is displayed here.
Holders of EPCs can opt-out of the data release and can do so by visiting this site.
More information on this subject is provided here.
For further information or guidance please contact Paul Sutcliffe: email@example.com or 07557 529 104.
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