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