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Vicky Cotton
Environmental Director, Workman

As Workman’s Environmental Director I am responsible for all aspects of environmental reporting, from client reporting to the firm’s own activities. I work closely with clients to identify, manage and implement EPC strategies across their portfolio. Having previously spent 14 years as a Property Manager I am able to take a pragmatic and commercial approach when advising on the strategy to be applied for benchmarking, CRC and ESOS, MEES and S63 (SEEP).

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  1. Q. If we already have an EPC and on letting, the Agent gets another with a lower rating, which one stands.

    A. The latest EPC lodged on the register always stands and the older one falls away regardless of whether it is worse. Once lodged there is no going back! It is therefore vital to know what you have and to actively manage the process of obtaining EPC’s. We recommend that the Landlord controls this through their one appointed consultant – not the tenant or any other third party.

  2. Q. Once we have been through our EPC’s are we then ready for April 2018?

    A. A. Whilst we recommend that our Clients know what they have and do start to look at the gaps across the portfolio, things will change continually between now and April 2018. Tenants will fit out units and these need monitoring and controlling to ensure they do not impact on the EPC. Properties will come into the portfolio and units will come back which will need reviewing. This is definitely an ongoing project!

  3. Q. How do I know if my EPC is accurate?

    A. You don’t need to have EPC’s for every property and/or unit under the MEES legislation – they are however required for every sale or letting. However our advice is that you can’t accurately identify risk until you know what rating units have, especially if they are likely to be let over the next few years. If they are rated F or G they will become unlettable at that point and it may therefore be prudent to know and understand that risk whilst there is time to remedy it.

  4. Q. Should I be getting EPCs now for properties or units that don’t have one, even if they are let?

    A. You don’t need to have EPC’s for every property and/or unit under the MEES legislation – they are however required for every sale or letting. However our advice is that you can’t accurately identify risk until you know what rating units have, especially if they are likely to be let over the next few years. If they are rated F or G they will become unlettable at that point and it may therefore be prudent to know and understand that risk whilst there is time to remedy it.

  5. Q. Why do you advise using one consultant across the portfolio – different asset managers here have their own preferences?

    A. Once produced and lodged on the national register (Landmark) an EPC is simply two pdf documents (the EPC itself and the recommendations). The significant data which sits behind this is not passed to you at this point and can not be accessed by anyone other than the consultancy who produced the EPC. We suggest that having this data in one place provides the ability to easily get EPC’s modelled and updated in the future to reflect changes at the property/unit. The other significant advantage is the fact EPC’s will be consistent, run through the same software and, assuming a Workman approved consultant is used, done to a standard that ensures each one is as accurate as it possibly can be.

  6. Q. Do listed buildings require an EPC under MEES and what happens if I already have an EPC for my listed building?

    A. Listed buildings are exempt under MEES however if you have already have an EPC for the property it is then brought into the legislation and all aspects apply.