10 August 2021 #Commercial Real Estate
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is a legal requirement when constructing, selling or renting out a building. The purpose of an EPC, as you might expect, is to show the energy efficiency of a property. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is valid for 10 years. There are, however, commercial EPC exemptions.
What are the commercial exemptions?
Listed building exemption
From January 2013 there has been an ‘exemption’ for listed buildings. However, the exemption is qualified, it states: ‘Insofar as compliance with certain minimum energy performance requirements would unacceptably alter their character or appearance’. The qualification covers works that might be carried out to the property to improve its energy performance. If such works would unacceptably alter the building’s character or appearance, then the listed building would qualify for an exemption.
What works would be considered as ‘altering their character or appearance’.
The energy efficiency of older buildings can be improved in many different ways. Some measures might have very minimal impact on the character and appearance of the building, such as changing to a more efficient boiler.
Other measures such as adding new double-glazed windows or solid wall insulation could have a substantial impact. It also needs to be considered that listed buildings vary greatly in the extent they can accommodate change both internally and externally.
The current guidance produced by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) suggests that ‘building owners will need to take a view as to whether this will be the case for their buildings’.
MHCLG also suggest owners might contact their Local Authority’s conservation officer if they are in any doubt.
Despite this if they are willing or able to provide it, the local authority may charge for such advice and some local authorities do not even have conservation officers.
Please speak to our Real Estate team if you have any further questions or require their assistance.