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Publication of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Data

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: psutcliffe@evoraglobal.com or 07557 529 104.


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Leading Sustainability Software, SIERA, Automates GRESB Reporting For Second Year Running

SIERA, our market-leading web-based sustainability management software, is delivering massive efficiencies again this year in the reporting of the GRESB performance indicator data.

Visit our GRESB support service page.

Sophisticated modelling capability in SIERA simplifies the GRESB reporting process enormously, pushing out both the Performance Indicator reports in standard GRESB format as well as producing the GRESB Asset Report, which can be interfaced directly into the GRESB portal, eliminating the need for laborious and time consuming manual intervention and data input.

In 2015, SIERA was one of the few technology platforms directly transferring data into the GRESB portal. This year will see SIERA delivering the automation of data transfer into GRESB for 41 submissions and more than €20bn of assets, with clients including Deutsche Asset Management, Schroder Real Estate, Rockspring, and AEW.

Charlotte Jacques, Head of Sustainability, Schroder Real Estate comments:

“We chose SIERA because it has been specifically designed for the commercial real estate investment market.

It is practical and intuitive to use and helps simplify the many complexities of sustainability analysis and reporting, especially GRESB.”

SIERA is EVORA’s proprietary sustainability software, uniquely developed specifically for the real estate investment market. The software supports in the delivery of a number of regulatory and voluntary reporting requirements including CRC, GRESB, INREV and EPRA, as well as providing broader environmental and energy monitoring and performance analysis at both portfolio and asset level.

Our role as strategic sustainability advisors to real estate firms means that our insight has focused the development of SIERA to be finely tuned to our clients’ needs and changing market trends, making it a unique and practical product for the real estate sector.

As GRESB Premier Partners, for both our pan-European sustainability consultancy and technology platform, we are able to provide our clients with the best possible support in the completion of their GRESB survey.

To learn more about SIERA and how it would completely transform your sustainability data capture and reporting, please do not hesitate to get in touch today.


GRESB Premier PartnerAs a GRESB Real Estate Premier Partner, we are perfectly positioned to provide GRESB support. View our official Premier Partner profile.

We can work with you to complete the submission and understand your scoring, as well as develop a sustainability plan that will improve your future GRESB performance and align with your organisation’s key environmental objectives.

Legal Update: Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme

Changes to Scottish Energy Performance in Building Regulations

Publicity surrounding the introduction of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), which set a minimum EPC rating of E for leasing of properties from April 2018, has increased significantly in recent months, and rightly so. However, the Scottish Government has chosen to implement a different approach to drive energy performance improvement in buildings.

The Scottish Government has released guidance on the practical implementation of Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 relating to the energy performance of existing non-domestic buildings.

The regulations, which come into force on 1 September 2016, require the production of a building specific energy Action Plan on the majority of buildings offered for sale or lease, which exceed 1000m².

The Action Plan, which is based on the output of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) assessments, must be prepared by an approved Section 63 Advisor. Existing EPC assessors will need to complete further training and development to become approved advisors.

The Action Plan will identify appropriate measures to reduce energy consumption. Official guidance also indicates that the area threshold (currently 1000m2) is likely to drop over time. Following completion of the Action Plan, building owners will be responsible for either the reporting of annual energy use (in the form of a Display Energy Certificates (DEC) in England and Wales) or the implementation of physical improvement measures within a 3.5 year period.

Our EPC assessment team is already working to ensure it can provide Section 63 Advisor support.

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For further information on regulations and requirements please contact Paul Sutcliffe: psutcliffe@evoraglobal.com or 07557 529 104.

Further information is available on – http://www.gov.scot/section63


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Property Firms Vulnerable to MEES Regulations

Only 57% of property firms have assessed the impacts of the upcoming Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) on their portfolios, according to new research conducted by Bilfinger GVA.

The MEES regulations, due to come into force in April 2018, will make it unlawful to let or sublet properties in England & Wales with the two lowest Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings of F and G, posing potential risks to landlords and occupiers alike.

The research also found that 98% of firms believe MEES will lead to increased capital expenditure, while 93% think that it will have an impact on pricing. With such a large proportion of firms who have yet to consider MEES at all, the report will likely act as an alarm bell to the sector, which is otherwise highly engaged with the wider sustainability agenda.

With just under two years to go until the regulations come into effect, fund managers can be well-prepared by assessing their portfolios and addressing risk now. When it comes to acquiring a new property, firms should take a more rigorous approach to the due diligence of the building’s existing EPC, checking its underlying accuracy and quality.

EVORA is perfectly positioned to help commercial real estate firms to understand the risks associated with MEES and to support them in the collation and analysis of their EPC data. Our environmental management software, SIERA, can hold EPCs for an entire portfolio and cleverly model the data to profile MEES risks against rentable income and lease expiry dates.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding MEES, please contact our experts today, who will be happy to advise you on the best course of action.


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