EPC legislation will help streamline the housing market
PUBLISHED: 09:27 07 March 2013 | UPDATED: 19:26 02 April 2013
Richard Addington of Savills, says that recent changes to Energy Performance Certification won't revolutionise the market but will streamline the process of selling listed properties
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Following changes to the legislation surrounding the energy performance of buildings, owners and occupiers of Listed Buildings no longer need to publish an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) when selling their property. This change has been driven by the fact that Listed Buildings are covered by statutory protection, and the reports made innocently and legitimately by Domestic Energy Assessors in traditional EPCs carry recommendations that could be inaccurate, misleading, inappropriate and illegal to carry out. Indeed, standard measures to improve energy efficiency which are appropriate for modern buildings are often expensive, ineffective and potentially harmful when applied to Listed Buildings.
Richard Addington of Savills comments: These changes wont revolutionise the housing market, but what they will do is to streamline the process. We market a significant number of Listed Buildings, and it had always baffled us that these certificates can recommend changing stone-mullioned windows to UPVC, or adding solar panels to thatched roofs, which would have been a criminal offence without Listed Building consent. Whats more, the cost of gaining an EPC for a larger property can run into many hundreds of pounds, so this change in legislation will be a saving for many.