Energy use continues to be a huge issue for Listed buildings, and the present legal landscape is simply not working.
Energy Performance Certificates are a perfect example of this. Listed buildings are the only homes exempt from needing an EPC, due to the unique challenges of improving performance. But an EPC has to be obtained to rent a listed building, and the fact that many buildings are simply not efficient enough bars them being used like this.
We need a better system, that allows for listed buildings the flexibility to be homes, rentals, venues and commercial spaces, and shift between them over time as circumstances change. We are campaigning for an EPC rating for Listed buildings that allows them to be judged appropriately for a historic building, but that also encourages improving efficiency. This will give owners the same rights as with any other property, but without penalizing them for living in a traditional home.
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