Schools: Energy Performance Certificates

Department for Education written question – answered on 4th November 2021.

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Photo of Peter Kyle Peter Kyle Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many and what proportion of schools had an EPC rating of C or above in each of the last 10 years.

Photo of Peter Kyle Peter Kyle Shadow Minister (Education) (Schools)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what proportion of schools have (a) external wall insulation, (b) double or triple-glazing, (c) solar panels and (d) heat pumps.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, Minister of State (Education)

The department does not hold Energy Performance Certificates (EPC), these are held by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) who run the EPC scheme. We work closely with BEIS to understand the energy performance of the school estate.

The next round of the Condition Data Collection (CDC2) programme has started and will collect further information about the sustainability performance of the school estate, including heat pumps. Further information about this scheme can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/condition-data-collection-2-cdc2-programme. The previous Condition Data Collection (CDC1) programme was undertaken between 2017-19. However, this does not hold the specific data that you have identified.

More broadly, the department is committed to investing in the school estate and has recently announced that all new Department for Education delivered projects, delivered under our new construction framework, will be net zero carbon in operation. They will also respond appropriately to climate change adaptation such as overheating risk, biodiversity net gain and enhanced flood resilience measures, to contribute towards meeting the government’s climate change targets.

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