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kristopher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 01:21 PM
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The public energy-efficiency database a private company won't let you use
Another post from Monbiot's blog (Monbiot is a Brit. Climate Change Guru). It's an entertaining and informative read regarding what can go wrong with energy efficiency policy...

The public energy-efficiency database a private company won't let you use
The government has promised you can immediately discover how energy-efficient any public building is. There's just one catch and it's a catch-22

If you want to change something, first you have to measure it. That's why the energy performance certificates you can now find on fridges, washing machines, cars and homes are so useful. They show us where we are and where we need to go.

They are not always as clear as they first appear. The rating system for fridges and freezers, for example, appears designed to bamboozle consumers. On the charts stuck to every device, A looks like the...

Remainder at http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/georgemonbiot/200...
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-16-09 02:34 PM
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1. Direct link to the database
There are a lot of embedded links to look at to find the database,
here's the direct link to the database as an XLS excel spreadsheet: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/opensecrets/EPCRegisterData....
That link comes from this article, which is linked to by the article in the OP:
Comparing the energy efficiency of public buildings

Martin Rosenbaum | 09:09 UK time, Tuesday, 25 August 2009

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However, new regulations came into force a fortnight ago which now allow this material to be divulged.

In response to my request under the Environmental Information Regulations, the Department of Communities and Local Government has sent me a large spreadsheet (MS Excel, 8.14Mb) listing all the properties on the register, their energy efficiency rating and their CO2 emissions, so that it is possible to analyse this to compare all the buildings on it.

The buildings with the highest operational energy rating are those judged to be the least energy efficient, compared to similar buildings (the average building of that kind should score 100). They are divided into seven bands from A to G, with A the most efficient and G the least.

The data obtained also specifies the buildings' total CO2 emissions. Most of the public buildings emitting the highest quantities of carbon dioxide are hospitals, which may be linked to their large size.

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