What counts as Historic building for EPC purposes?

Listed building energy survey








Question:What makes a building historic in terms of needing an EPC for selling or renting?

Answer:  Any building which has been listed by English Heritage (or its Welsh equivalent) is exempt from the requirement to have an EPC at the point of sale or rent.


Question:  How do I check whether a building has been listed by English Heritage or CADW?

Answer: This can be checked online.

Click here for England

Click here for Wales

Question: The regulations qualify the exemption by only exempting such buildings where compliance with certain minimum energy performance requirements would unacceptably alter their character or appearance.

How do I know whether this applies to my building?

Answer: This wording has been used as in line with Government policy, a copy-out approach to the Directive has been adopted. This means that, as far as possible, the government have used the directive’s exact text in the new domestic legislation. In actual fact there are no minimum energy performance requirements for listed or historic buildings.


Question:  Are buildings that are part of a designated environment, such as a conservation area, required to have an EPC?

Answer:  Yes.  The only buildings listed by English Heritage are exempt from having an EPC for sale or rent and conservation areas are not considered.


Question: What are minimum energy performance requirements?

Answer: Thisrefers to the energy efficiency standards required by the Building Regulations and applies to all new buildings and those existing buildings that undergo major renovation. If an existing building has not undergone a major renovation then the requirements do not apply to