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The general consensus in the industry appears to be that listed buildings are exempt from the requirement to provide Energy Performance Certificates, if the property is being sold or rented, this has widely been the view since the recast of Energy Performance of Buildings Directive that came into force on 9th January 2013.

However, there is no express exemption for listed buildings and only states that a listed building is exempt from a EPC in so far as compliance with certain minimum energy performance requirements would unacceptably alter their character or appearance.


A quote from: The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 states:

“Duties relating to Energy Performance Certificates

Application of Part 2

5.—(1) This Part does not apply to—

(a) buildings officially protected as part of a designated environment or because of their special architectural or historical merit, in so far as compliance with certain minimum energy performance requirements would unacceptably alter their character or appearance;”


The main issue here is that the test for certain Minimum energy performance requirements is not defined and therefore can’t be effectively complied with. The other side of the argument where most people get the understanding that EPC’s are not required is from historic England website on EPC requirement, this indicates that listed buildings are exempt from the EPC requirements, although government websites seem to back up the Energy Performance of Buildings regs that states “advice should be sought from the relevant local authority conservation officer if the work would alter the buildings character”.

This appears to be a classic catch 22 situation in that to adhere to the regulations one would have to undertake an energy assessment and produce the EPC in order to then substantiate to an appropriate authority that the energy efficiency measures would unacceptably alter the building character, to then prove that the building was exempt from the EPC in the first place.

BEST Compliance have been advised by Elmhurst that it would be easier to have EPC’s undertaken on ALL listed buildings although our personal opinion is that Grade 1 buildings should be exempt as there is very little you can do however Grade 2 buildings there is much more scope for improvements for instance the changing of light fittings/ bulbs and replacement of boilers are feasible in circumstances as these would not alter the appearance or character.

However we can say once this is cleared up and if noted that you do not need EPC’s on listed buildings than the EPC placed on the listed building will be classed as a voluntary EPC and the landlord will not be required to meet the minimum standard in 2018.

As I’m sure this is not an easy or logical situation, and should you require further information please do not hesitate to contact us and we can further clarify any new progress on this matter.

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Ryan Bishop - Director, Jack Enterprises Ltd

Excellent! Quite simply from start to finish - really easy process for our commercial EPC, pricing was clear and fair, the assessor was flexible about timescales and extremely polite whilst on site. Highly recommended service and certainly added to our trusted supplier list. Report turnaround was quick too.

Christopher Jenkins - Energy Manager - Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Best Compliance has been working jointly with the community sector and Dudley Council to evaluate the energy efficiency of various buildings. They have demonstrated a detailed knowledge of building energy efficiency and where applicable have made practical recommendations as to how the efficiency could be improved. This process has helped to ensure compliance with Minimum Energy Efficiency standards, allowing the council to lease building to community groups, and community groups to deliver social value.

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Gabriel Martinez - The University of Wolverhampton

The BECCI project from The University of Wolverhampton would like to congratulate Best Compliance LTD for their nomination for West Midlands Energy Consultancy of the year. The organisation is dedicated to provide excellent service to their customers with integrity and passion. We are impressed by the way in which the organization seeks to improve continuously and remain leaders in its industry. We foresee great success in their future and sincerely hope the receive the well-deserved and prestigious recognition.

Steve Jackson - Public House Landlord

Pleasure to deal with. Lets face it, who wants to pay for something from which you gain neither pleasure nor profit. However an EPC report is a legal requirement for the sale of a property so the pain of paying was reduced by the friendly and affable nature of both Andy and James. Thank you guys, will recommend you at any opportunity.

Simon Gouldson - Property Asset Manager

BEST Compliance undertook a Commercial EPC on our properties on Tettenhall Road, Wolverhampton and we are delighted with the service they provided. They were pleasant, punctual and well-presented and showed excellent technical knowledge in terms of building construction, building services and energy efficiency. The Commercial EPC was provided in an extremely fast time frame and the aftercare was first class in all our requests and further questions. We would have no hesitation to recommend them to any other potential clients.


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