Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)

New laws have been introduced that will affect commercial and domestic, private rented property. From 1st April 2018 it is unlawful to grant new leases for properties in England and Wales that do not meet the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES).

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What is the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)?

New laws have been introduced that will affect commercial and domestic, private rented property.

From 1st April 2018 it is unlawful to grant new leases for properties in England and Wales that do not meet the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES).

The government introduced Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) in 2015 as part of a wider move to combat climate change and to help reduce carbon emissions by improving the efficiency of the properties.

It is estimated that over 75,000 commercial properties have been affected by the new legislation. If you are a landlord or agent of a privately rented property in England and Wales, MEES will require you to ensure that the property has an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of at least an E.

To improve the EPC rating of a building improvements will need to be made in areas such as heating, cooling, hot water and lighting. All of which will reduce both energy consumption and carbon emissions. There are several exceptions and exclusions from MEES, which the government has detailed, and these properties will need to be registered on the PRS Exemptions Register.

It is worth remembering that failure to comply with MEES can incur hefty financial penalties, which can range from £5,000 to £150,000 for a commercial property. And, if a property is not compliant it runs the risk of being devalued. With a wealth of experience in the commercial sector, Anesco are experts in the field of energy efficiency and can help you with MEES, compliance and improving your organisations EPC rating. Anesco will conduct a detailed site audit to establish how energy is currently being used across the business and where improvements can be made, before recommending cost effective upgrades, funding solutions, along with the projected payback period and the estimated return on investment.

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