5 December 2018
42% of the UK's carbon footprint is somehow attributable to the built environment with 10% coming from heating buildings alone. Encouraging landlords and property owners to improve the energy efficiency of buildings is therefore great in theory, but the recently updated Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) pose challenges, particularly when it comes to older buildings. We teamed up with STBA on 26th November to give members the low down on what the changes to the regulations are, the associated challenges, and how to respond to MEES practically.
The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards, otherwise known as MEES, were introduced in April 2018 in England and Wales, and apply to private rented residential and non-domestic property. They are there to encouraging landlords and property owners to improve the energy efficiency of buildings, and place restriction on the granting of new tenancies or continuation of existing tenancies in cases where the property has an Energy Performance Certificate Rating of F and G.
Following Consultation last year, the government published a response to amending The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 this November. The amended requirements come into force from 1 April 2019.
Landlords and portfolio managers are finding it increasingly difficult to comply with Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) whilst ensuring their properties are achieving real energy efficiencies. One of the reasons is that MEES are based around Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) that often do not accurately reflect a building’s actual performance. It is important, therefore, to find a retrofit strategy that is both effective and also meets the requirements of current (and possible future) regulations.
During two contributory sessions, those attending the event had the opportunity to discuss common challenges faced by landlords and the solutions being considered and implemented, as well as messages that need to be passed to industry and government. The event outcome will help the STBA to communicate member’s concerns and solutions.
One key discussion was about whether EPCs should be used in MEES, or if there is a better approach. E.g. A Whole House Approach “EPCs and the Whole House Approach” was discussed, further details can be downloaded here.
Members can take a look at the presentations below and visit the STBA website for further research and guidance.