Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES)
Sustainability Solutions for Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard Services within the UK
As of April 2019, a new legal standard regulation for minimum energy efficiency that applies to rented commercial buildings came to effect. The laws have been viewed as opportunities and threats to landlords, lenders, freehold investors and developers.
The government has identified most of the buildings to be a big contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. This is likely to poses a threat to the UK trying to meet its carbon reduction targets for the years 2020 and 2050. The government has estimated that 18% of commercial buildings host the lowest EPC ratings (F or G). Although building regulations make sure that all new buildings meet the current energy efficiency standards, MEES is tasked with dealing with the older properties in the UK. It is likely that the minimum standard will rise over time.
Buildings and Tenancies Where MEES Does Not Apply
If you are not sure whether minimum energy efficiency standard is applicable to your building, let us help you determine that. We understand that making this determination is not straightforward, and that is why we have detailed the buildings that MEES does not apply to. They include:
- Buildings that do not need EPCs like workshops, temporary properties, industrial sites, agricultural properties that need low energy levels and holiday lets
- Tenancies that are less than 6 months without any right of renewal
- Buildings with an EPC of more than 10 years old or those without one
- Tenancies that are more than 99 years old
To determine whether your tenancy or building is within the scope, we will require you to go through two sets of regulations; MEES and the England and Wales Energy Performance of Buildings. Since interplaying the regulations can be a complex process, we will help you look for any potential loopholes and go through the guidance for landlords, which is normally issued by the government to give explanations of how MEES is applicable to your buildings.
Benefits of Sustainability
With sustainability, we can help landlords, real estate investors, developers and occupiers make more economic business sense. Other benefits include:
Helping you reduce negative effects on the environment by making use of the available resources more efficiently and in turn, reduce running costs, keep your staff motivated, attract and retain your customers and ensure the value of your property is protected.
Basically, we will take a proactive approach when trying to manage sustainability and energy; therefore, we will help you build better and more efficient houses. Our aim is to deliver innovative solutions to real estate developers all through the construction life cycle in order to assist them in managing energy and sustainability.
Our Core Duties
Our business is based on helping those in the real estate industry get the best from their investments while complying with the set rules and regulations. This includes helping them:
- Understand and also manage any environmental risks
- Improve the environmental performance
- Achieve their financial savings
Let us help you understand the minimum energy efficiency standard in detail and ensure you are compliant.