Govt. releases MEES guidance
The government has published guidance for private commercial landlords to meet the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)
Report from – Damien Carr
The standard, which comes into effect on 1 April 2018, will require private landlords to ensure of their commercial properties in England and Wales reach at least an EPC rating of E before granting a tenancy to new or existing tenants. From April 2023, the requirements will also apply to properties where there has been no change in the tenancy arrangements.
The guidance provide advice on the scope of the regulations, including the steps a landlord should take to determine whether their property is covered by the regulations, as well as advice on identifying appropriate energy efficiency improvements and their cost-effectiveness.
John Alker, Campaign & Policy Director at UK Green Building Council, welcomed the guidance saying that the regulations had already galvanised the commercial property industry, which had already been preparing for the regulations.
“We now need to see the same clarity from Government in relation to privately rented homes, to ensure that this crucial piece of legislation lives up to its potential - reducing energy bills for households and businesses alike,” he said.