Early indicator of housing development trends suggests fall in activity this summer

The number of domestic energy performance certificates (EPC) lodged on an official register has fallen 8% year-on-year in England, indicating a drop in housing completions.

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Data published today shows 391,000 domestic EPCs were lodged on the government’s Energy Performance of Buildings Register in July to September.

This figure, which includes new builds, conversions and changes of use, was an 8% decrease on the same period last year.

When it comes to new builds alone, there was a 6% decrease year-on-year in the three-month period to 59,000 units.

In the 12 months to September 237,000 EPCs were lodged for new build dwellings, a drop of 4% year-on-year.

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Housebuilders are required to produce EPCs prior to completion of homes. This means the register is an officially recognised early indicator of housing development trends.