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SolFiT Roof Overcladding

Cladding solution for existing roofs

From April 2018, the proposed legislative changes would make it unlawful to let residential or commercial properties with an EPC Rating of F or G (i.e. the lowest two grades of energy efficiency).

The SolFiT PV Overcladding solution’ for existing roofs of fibre cement/asbestos/metal-profiled coverings with a metal or timber sub-frame, roof insulation and a waterproof SolFiT solar PV roof covering should increase the EPC level of the property to the required level E or above.

This will have very significant implications for landlords, and for occupiers who wish to assign or sublet space, including:

  • Marketability of some properties would become impossible unless they were upgraded to meet the minimum standards
  • It is estimated that approximately 20% of non-domestic properties could be in the F & G rating brackets
  • Further clarification on the transactional trigger for minimum energy standards is awaited; however the new minimum standards could apply to all lettings and re-lettings, including sub-lettings & assignments
  • Valuations of such properties could be affected if their marketability is diminished
  • Rent reviews for properties in this situation could also be affected
  • Implications for dilapidations assessments would also exist
  • Given this risk to property owners and occupiers it is clear that a full understanding of the energy efficiency of your property assets should be attained
  • Thereafter owners and occupiers will need to assess the costs and viability of undertaking retrofits or refurbishments, and possibly bringing forward properties for marketing prior to 2018 or re-gearing leases
  • Property owners and occupiers should also consider how their property values may be affected
  • Landlords and sub-letting occupiers will need to achieve an EPC "E" rating 
  • Exemptions may be made for certain types of properties via secondary legislation. Trading Standards Officers will enforce the rules for commercial properties; the precise level of fines will also be part of the secondary legislation