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EPC Certificates

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC's) in Minehead, Williton and West Somerset provided by Chanin and Thomas.

What you need to know about EPC's:
If you are selling, renting, constructing or refurbishing most buildings, you are required by law to have available to your prospective buyer or tenant an EPC - an Energy Performance Certificate. The certificate must be provided on request and without charge.

What does an EPC show? :
Similar to the type of colourful A to G rating you may have seen when buying white goods such as Fridges and Freezers, this certificate shows a buildings energy efficiency in a sliding scale from A (very efficient) to G (least efficient).  It also makes recommendations for improving the efficiency of the building and advises on the likely costs of carry these works out.

Why do I need an EPC?:
 The EPC is part of a series of measures being introduced across Europe to reflect legislations which will help cut carbon emissions and tackle climate change.

How long do they last? :
An EPC and the recommendation reports are valid for ten years from date of issue - they are placed in a national register and will be kept there for twenty years.

Where can you get one? :
 An EPC and the recommendation reports are valid for ten years from date of issue - they are placed on a national register and will be kept there for twenty years.

Are there any exemptions?
There are some exemptions which we have listed below

  • places of worship
  • temporary buildings that will be used for less than 2 years
  • stand-alone buildings with total useful floor space of less than 50 square meters
  • industrial sites, workshops and non-residential agricultural buildings that don’t use a lot of energy
  • some buildings that are due to be demolished
  • holiday accommodation that’s rented out for less than 4 months a year or is let under a licence to occupy
  • listed buildings - you should get advice from your local authority conservation officer if the work would alter the building’s character
  • residential buildings intended to be used less than 4 months a year



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