Despite the wealth of knowledge this data will provide, it can be difficult to navigate for the inexperienced. The open source EPC data doesn’t have complete coverage – in fact, it only covers about 60% of homes in the average local authority area.
If your local authority or organisation has its own experienced data analyst to manage what’s downloaded, you can get a really good picture of housing stock in your region or local area. This can be a great place to start if you’re looking to target energy efficiency measures, fuel poverty, carbon reduction measures or energy efficient products. It can also be useful in local area developments.
Sometimes it’s worth spending a bit more time analysing the data and calling in the experts to extract its true value, especially when you’re looking to futureproof the SAP score of homes for net zero.