The Regulations set out the minimum level of energy efficiency for private rented property in England and Wales. In relation to the non-domestic private rented sector, Part 3 of the Regulations contains the minimum level of energy efficiency provisions, which is currently set at an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of at least band E. As band E is a minimum, landlords who are installing relevant energy efficiency improvements may also wish to aim above and beyond the current requirement in order to achieve greater energy savings.
The minimum level of energy efficiency provisions will mean that, subject to certain requirements and exemptions:
CSR Sustain carry out MEES audits and studies to help our clients improve their building performance and avoid financial penalties by ensuring that their property portfolios are compliant.
Your MEES audit will assess how well your property performs against the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards.
If we can’t get it passed and identify any non-compliance or emerging risks, a cost-effective and actionable MEES Plan will be developed with recommended improvements and all proposed solutions will be modelled and simulated using the latest software to test their impact so you can be sure your investment will pay off.
February 2015: MEES regulations applied to commercial and residential properties.
April 2016: Power is put into the hands of residential tenants, they are now able to request consent from their landlord to install Green Deal compliant energy eﬃciency improvements (as long as there is no up-front or net cost to the landlord).
April 2018: MEES will apply to the grant of a lease on or after 1st April including lease renewals (where an EPC exists) with a minimum EPC rating of an ‘E’. The Landlord needs to make sure a property complies with MEES before the lease is granted.
April 2023: On the 1st April, MEES will be extended to cover all leases, for commercial properties it will become unlawful to continue to let a building with an EPC rating of less than an E.
The following exemptions include: