Which Buildings Have EPC Exemptions?

A look at where EPC exemptions apply

First and foremost, the 2004 Housing Act and the 2002 European Union Directive favours the use of EPCs on two grounds. One to improve the energy efficiency of your property; two, to improve the cost effectiveness of your property. In other words, with the latter, cutting your utility bills. What if you live in, or own a portfolio of listed buildings? Did you know that exemptions apply?

Indeed they do. Many of the exemptions took effect after the 09 January 2013. These cover:

  • Non-residential properties: for example, offices, shops, warehouses;
  • Mixed use schemes: particularly a dwelling house which forms part of a business (e.g.: farm, shop, or a petrol station);
  • Unsafe properties: any property that poses a serious health and safety risk to occupants or visitors;
  • Temporary buildings in use for two years or less;
  • Properties awaiting demolition: also properties due for demolition where the marketing of the property, all the relevant documents and planning permission exists;
  • Listed buildings: any dwellings with Listed Building status;
  • Stand alone buildings with less than 50m2 (which also covers sheds);
  • Places of worship and religious leanings: for example, Sunday Schools as well as churches;
  • Residential buildings occupied for less than four months per year. For example, holiday homes.

With listed buildings, the case for EPC exemptions are underpinned by the additional work that is required. In spite of their energy efficiency shortcomings, working towards an ‘A’ grade could spoil the building. Less sympathetic development could affect, for example, its roof if solar panels are fitted. PVC-U windows could ruin bay windows, where there was once curved windows. Imagine York Minster with PVC-U windows?

Benefiting from EPC exemptions is York Minster. Aerial image by Christoph Lischetzki (via Shutterstock).

York Minster: a Listed Building that has EPC exemptions on religious grounds as well as listed building status. Image by Christoph Lischetzki (via Shutterstock).

EPC Yorkshire, 23 August 2017.

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