[dropcap color=”” boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”50%” class=”” id=””]Rs[/dropcap] From 9th January 2013 all sales or lettings advertisements in the commercial media (i.e. agents particulars, newspapers and magazines, internet) should show the EPC rating of the property being advertised. Where possible the advertisement should show the A-G graph, but where this is not possible the advertisement should include the actual EPC rating of the property (for example C Rating). There will no longer be any requirement to attach the front page of the EPC to any written materials, with the obligation being revised to making a copy of the EPC document available when interest in the property is registered.
Listed buildings have now been made exempt from the requirement to have an Energy Performance Certificate on their sale or rent. The regulations state that an EPC will not be required for buildings and monuments officially protected as part of a designated environment or because of their special architectural or historic merit in so far as compliance with certain energy efficiency requirements would unacceptably alter their character or appearance. Current guidelines indicate inclusion within a conservation area will not, alone, qualify for such an exemption, the exemption will only be applicable where the property is listed by English Heritage (or its Welsh equivalent).
The EPB regulations have now introduced the requirement for an Energy Performance Certificate to be displayed in commercial premises larger than 500sqm that are frequently visited by the public. This requirement only becomes applicable where an EPC is already available, i.e. one has previously been produced for the sale, construction or letting of the building in question.