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Energy Performance Certificates for historic and traditional homes

Although Home Information Packs (HIPs) have been suspended for all homes being sold, an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which assesses the likely energy performance of homes is still needed. It relies on making generalised assumptions about all homes, using as its basis standard, usually modern, methods and materials of construction.

An EPC includes:

  • an overall energy efficiency rating
  • an environmental (carbon dioxide) impact rating
  • an estimated energy use for the building
  • recommended measures for improvement.

However, care is required when interpreting EPCs for historic and traditional buildings because the energy efficiency information can be misleading or incorrect. More importantly, some of the recommended measures could be harmful to both the fabric and the character of the building.

For more information on the suitability of certain alterations to a property and the need for statutory consents for their implementation, please contact the Design and Conservation Team on 01634 331721.

For further information on EPCs in historic and traditional homes, please consult the English Heritage guidance on the subject.