National datasets

These datasets are the typical sources of data which consultants will use in determining carbon baselines etc. Typically they are only of direct interest if you are undertaking work such as heat density mapping in-house. You will see the various datasets referenced on the relevant pages in the policy objectives section.

BERR/DECC - MLSOA Energy Data: This dataset provides estimated (normalised) electricity and gas consumption data at Middle Layer Super Output Area (MLSOA) level for each region in England and Wales. In March 2008 these data gained national statistic status.

Neighbourhood Statistics - Landuse classifications: For each output area (OA) this database gives the areas for domestic properties, non domestic properties, roads, paths, railways, domestic gardens, green space, water and other. Useful for removing areas with no heat demand.

Census Data: The last census was undertaken in 2001 and provides data at MSOA, LSOA and output area (OA) level on numbers of houses by type.

English House Condition Survey: The EHCS is a national survey of housing in England, commissioned by Communities and Local Government. The information obtained through the survey provides a range of data which is useful in analysing likely heat demand. The English House Condition Survey operated continuously from 2002 until April 2008 when it was merged with the Survey of English Housing to form the English Housing Survey (EHS).

Fuel poverty data to Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) level is available from the Centre for Sustainable Energy

The Rural Fuel Poverty website: provides data on the number of solid walled homes by Ward.

Dwelling Stock by Council Tax Band: This dataset which can be accessed from the National Statistics website gives housing numbers (down to output area) for each of the Council Tax bands.

Valuation Office Agency - Council Tax and Non – domestic rates databases:
This database gives a rental value to each rateable non-domestic occupation or hereditament. The hereditaments are classified by the primary description (120 categories) and the SCAT (special category code, with some 400 categories). These classifications describe the character of building activities (in contrast to the SIC – Standard Industry Code) and are valuable to understanding non-domestic energy consumption. Each hereditament is uniquely identified by a Unique Assessment Reference Number (UARN).

National Land and Property Gazette services agreement
. It is managed by the Local Government Information House. The data set is geographically referenced to National Grid References and a link maintained between NLPG and the VOA Council Tax and Non – domestic rates databases. The NLPG is commercially available for use under licence.

CIBSE TM46: This publication provides energy benchmarks for a range of different classifications of commercial and public building types. These energy benchmarks can be multiplied by floor area data to provide an approximate energy use for commercial, industrial and public buildings of different type and size.

DEFRA energy crop designations maps; the website plots existing crop schemes as well as

Hospital Estates and Facilities Statistics: Estates Returns Information Collection (ERIC) Data

Forthcoming National datasets

NEED (Non Domestic Energy Efficiency Data Framework) & HEED (Housing Energy Efficiency Data Framework):
DECC – working closely with other Departments, the Energy Saving Trust and energy
suppliers – plans to pilot data frameworks in both the residential and non-domestic sectors as a means of monitoring changes in energy efficiency, targeting and reporting on programmes and improving information available to businesses. This will allow confirmation of the value of data frameworks by demonstrating ‘quick wins’, and provide the necessary learning to aid the design of a national framework.

NEED Scoping Study Findings report prepared for DECC by Katalysis Limited in association with The Bartlett, University College London (January 2009).

The Energy Saving Trust is managing the HEED pilot and is already running an online database, accessible only when undertaking works for Local Authority.