Display Energy Certificates
Data request description:
Since 1 October 2008 public buildings in the UK over 1,000m2 must display a Display Energy Certificate (DEC) prominently at all times. Display Energy Certificates were introduced by the British Government in response to the EU Energy Performance of Buildings Directive which all EU member states must implement by January 2009. DECs are designed to promote the improvement of the energy performance of buildings. They are based upon actual energy usage of a building and increase transparency about the energy efficiency of public buildings.
The data is public, but currently only available through an out of date FOI that was put in by the Centre for Sustainable Energy in 2009. We want to get this data in an API feed or similar format, like we have arranged with the US Environmental Body the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Attach Display Energy Certificates to building profiles that already exist on www.honestbuildings.com and also import the data to update building profiles.
This improves the primary benefit of DECs, to increase the transparency of the energy performance of the public estate. By bringing this information online into an open and globally searchable web platform, the UK property portfolio will be able to share it's performance, case studies and wider property information with the world. The UK Government has the chance to set a global example in terms of transparency by sharing this data with Honest Buildings.