There has been a lot of past confusion about exemptions from assessment and inspection requirements for Listed Buildings and buildings within a formally designated conservation area. Firstly, the limited exemptions that exist appear to vary significantly between the devolved administrations in the UK. Secondly, the supporting guidance, particularly for England & Wales, is regularly updated and can appear inconsistent at best or even incomprehensible.
As energy assessors, we are not in a position to provide legal advice which you should obtain from a suitable professional where required. However, we provide these summaries to assist you in understanding the issue.
Energy assessments can also be completed on a voluntary basis if this is an approach you choose to use as a safety net against non-compliance. However, you should be aware that this may have its own implications.
The information below has been divided up by the devolved administration to which it applies.
Air Conditioning Energy Inspections are designed to ensure that cooling and ventilation systems are being operated efficiently. The need for compliance is not affected by the historic nature or otherwise of the building. As such, no exemptions from the requirements for these assessments exist for buildings in England that are listed or in formally designated conservation areas due to this status.
Listed Buildings and those in formally designated conservation areas within England are currently treated as any other building would be treated and require Air Conditioning Energy Inspections (ACEIs) if they meet the other qualifying criteria.