The 2015 Energy Efficiency Regulations set out minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) in England and Wales. In a nutshell, the regulations made it illegal for landlords to grant a lease on properties with an energy performance certificate (EPC) that falls below E from April 1st 2018. Whilst that seems like a long way off, changes are already underway. We pride ourselves on providing sustainable building solutions, so we explore what these changes mean.
What's the purpose?
It’s hoped that this will just be the first of several MEES reforms over the next few years. Here’s a breakdown of what will hopefully be achieved by the scheme:
- By April 2018, it will be unlawful to let out any new property with an F or G Energy Performance Certificate rating. There will be a few exemptions;
- By April 2020, the requirement of a minimum E rating will apply not just to new lettings but also to existing tenancies;
- By 2025 the target is for the minimum of a D rating;
- By 2030, the minimum target is a C rating.
As of April 1st 2018, there will be a requirement for any privately rented properties to have a minimum energy efficiency rating of E on an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC).
How we can help:
In short, any residential or commercial building that is rented or sold will need to achieve higher than an E rating. It’s also worth noting that the standard of EPC is likely to increase even further up to a C by 2025. As such, it’s important that you don’t take any shortcuts now and risk facing extra costs a few years down the line. We can help by not only completing the surveys but also by advising you on the most cost-effective solutions to help you.
If you have a residential or commercial building, get in touch to see how our fully accredited experienced assessors can help.