The following Environment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
Coronavirus (COVID-19): The requirements to obtain an EPC before a property is sold or let can be difficult to satisfy when social distancing measures apply. EPC assessments should only be conducted in accordance with government advice on home moving during the coronavirus outbreak and where the EPC assessment can be conducted safely—see Practice Note: Coronavirus (COVID-19)—implications for property — EPCs and social distancing.
This Practice Note looks at some of the key practical issues for commercial landlords and tenants when dealing with energy performance certificates (EPCs). It is part of a series of Practice Notes on EPCs and minimum energy efficiency requirements (MEES).
An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient) and is based on a complex calculation, which looks at a number of factors such as the age and type of building and its construction, insulation and heating systems. For more information on what an EPC is and when they are required, see Practice Note: Energy performance certificates (EPCs)—what are they and when are they required?
The key regulations governing EPCs are the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) Regulations 2012 (EPC Regs 2012), SI 2012/3118 (as amended) and the Building Regulations 2010, (Building Regs 2010) SI 2010/2214, which implement the requirements of the recast Energy Performance of Buildings Directive 2010/31/EU, (recast EPBD directive). The EPC Regs 2012
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