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Making better use of EPC’s and data consultation

by Mel Starrs on May 6, 2010

in Events & Conferences, Strategies & Consultations

On 27 April I attended the Sponge consultation event at RICS for the Consultation response to “Making better use of Energy Performance Certificates and data“.

The consultation is open until 25 May, so you still have time to submit responses. I won’t go over the consultation contents or comments as I think Brian Scannell at NES covers most of the same points we covered on the night.

If you have never made it along to a Sponge consultation event, I would recommend it. A casual affair, it usually starts with a brief overview of the consultation documents, followed by breaking into groups to discuss the topics which interest the participants the most. On this occasion, I was most interested in Chapter 6 which covered DEC’s and the questions of whether they should be extended to commercial property (our answer was: um, yes please!). I also acted as scribe and took notes on the discussion (which was wide ranging and didn’t necessarily stick to the question at hand). The answers then get collated into a response and fed back to the consultation. The response is not ‘representative’ of the views of the Sponge membership – our views are wide and varied given it is one of the few outlets for sustainably minded built environment professionals of any discipline or body to come together – we had architects, engineers, surveyors and entrpreneurs in the room. The response is purely a record of the opinions of those who were in the room on the night.

It’s a great way to meet new contacts, have a drink and a gossip and keep informed about consultations without having to read the whole thing. The next event is soon (London based, I’m sorry) and will be on “Consultation on a Planning Policy Statement: Planning for a Low Carbon Future in a Changing Climate“.