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Energy Performance Certificates

This page provides guidance on Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) in relation to historic buildings for those who need to obtain a certificate as well as those who carry out the assessment.

An EPC provides a rating so that comparisons on energy performance can be made between different properties. They are generated by a standard form of modelling software which does not always correspond to actual performance. Recent research has shown this can significantly underestimate thermal performance in older buildings.

As such ratings may lead to inappropriate recommendations which could harm the character or risk deterioration of such buildings, Historic England has developed guidance to raise awareness of the issues.

Guidance for homeowners

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings: Energy Performance Certificates

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings: Energy Performance Certificates

Published 14 May 2015

Advice for homeowners and those managing or renting historic or older buildings who may need to commission and EPC or who have received one for an older property that has been purchased or rented.

Guidance for assessors

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings: Advice for Domestic Energy Assessors and Green Deal Advisors

Energy Efficiency and Historic Buildings: Advice for Domestic Energy Assessors and Green Deal Advisors

Published 14 May 2015

Advice for Domestic Energy Assessors and Green Deal Advisors producing EPCs and Green Deal Assessments on historic and older buildings.

Legislation

An EPC is required when a property is built, sold or rented and is valid for ten years.
Listed buildings along with certain other types of building are exempted from requiring an EPC.

For further information visit the Government page on EPCs.

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