MINIMUM ENERGY EFFICIENCY STANDARDS – MEES

This is a summary of the regulations. You could read this or you could save yourself 10 minutes and call us on 0203 475 0544 for some straight talking advice.

FROM 1ST APRIL 2018 PRIVATE NON DOMESTIC (AND DOMESTIC) LANDLORDS IN ENGLAND AND WALES LETTING OR RENEWING LEASES WILL NEED TO ENSURE THAT THEIR PROPERTIES REACH AT LEAST AN ‘E’ RATED EPC UNLESS CERTAIN EXEMPTIONS APPLY.

As highly experienced SBEM and DSM assessors using Designbuilder and IES, MEES Solutions can model your building or portfolio and advise on areas of potential non-compliance. We can model multiple potential improvements if necessary to find the most cost effective solution if any are Band ‘F’ or ‘G’ as well as advising on any potential exemptions and running the ‘Seven Year Payback’ calculations.

Highly experienced assessors mean more accurate EPCS, and accurate modelling is vital for MEES as in some cases achieving an ‘E’ Rating or better may be as simple as obtaining more detailed information on your building or services.

The Non Domestic regulations in outline

  • From 1 April 2018, a landlord will have to bring a sub-standard building up to an ‘E’ EPC rating or better before a new lease is granted (includes some lease renewals).
  • By 1 April 2023, properties on existing leases that have an F or G rated EPC must be brought up to  standard.
  • Leases of a fixed length under six months and leases of 99 years or longer are excluded.
  • There are some exemptions, such as a landlord is unable to obtain consents needed for the works – but these must be renewed every 5 years.
  • Only energy efficiency measures specified in the regulations must carried out and only if they pass a seven year payback test.
  • A register will be set up for non compliant properties listing any exemptions.
  • If all ‘relevant improvements’ are carried out a property will comply, but must register and compliance will only last 5 years.
  • There are fines for non-compliance ranging from £5,000 to £150,000

 

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