As energy costs continue to escalate there is an increasing interest in understanding the energy performance of a property.

All properties sold or let in the UK are legally obliged to have a valid Energy Performance Certificate, with a few exceptions that include some listed buildings and detached buildings of less than 50sqm.

We have a team of specialist assessors who can provide a range of EPC and energy advisory services.

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Existing Dwelling (Residential) EPCs

An EPC is intended to provide vital info about a building’s energy efficiency and environmental friendliness, using an A-G scale (A being the most efficient, G the least) and numerical ratings out of 100 to indicate prospective heat/power costs and levels of CO2 production. The certificate also indicates the level of improvement that can realistically be expected if recommended changes are made to the property.

Commercial EPCs

A commercial EPC is required every time a non-residential dwelling is constructed, sold or rented. The certificate contains info about a property’s current energy usage and typical energy costs, as well as a list of recommendations to reduce energy use and save on running costs.

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Do Listed Buildings Require an EPC?

Many estate agents and property owners believe that all listed buildings are exempt from EPCs, however things are not as clear cut as this. Today, the UK’s most prominent agents recommend that all property for sale should have an EPC and many solicitors won’t exchange on a sale without an EPC, even if it has a listed status.

EPCs are a legal requirement when renting out listed properties since April 1st 2020, with steep fines between £500 and £5000 if one is not in place. There’s currently no such requirement for sales, so it is usually up to the conveyancing solicitor to decide if they require an EPC to exchange on a sale.

The EPC on a listed building should be considered a guidance document to help save on fuel costs and improve energy efficiency. There’s no obligation to carry out the recommended measures and many listed buildings would qualify for an exemption to allow the property to continue being rented even if it does not achieve an E rating or above. A successful exemption is valid for five years and we can arrange your application to the Exemption Register to save you time.  

In most cases we’d recommend that an EPC is carried out to act as an advisory document, but fundamentally this is the homeowner’s decision and they should seek advice from the local authority conservation officer if there are concerns that improvements would detrimentally alter the building’s character.

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