Do You Need to Think About Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)?

This blog is the first in a series that has been developed by Carbon Credentials’ Head of Policy, Alison Mungall, and MEES lead, Senior Energy Performance Consultant, Ben Hart.

Many companies are unaware that they need to comply. Therefore, the purpose of this blog is to help organisations understand their requirements for MEES legislation (in England and Wales) and the Scottish Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-Domestic Buildings Regulations. Do you need to comply with the legislation?

The regulations provide a requirement for these properties to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of ‘E’ or above by:

  • April 2018 – for all newly let commercial properties, and commercial properties re-let to existing tenants (where an EPC already exists)
  • April 2020 – for all domestic let properties
  • April 2023 – for all existing commercial leases

How does Scotland differ?

In Scotland, the equivalent legislation is ‘The Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-Domestic Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2016’. This has already come into force, as of 1st September 2016 and differs from MEES as follows:

  • All properties with a floor area of 1,000 m2 or more that are let or sold must have an EPC with a corresponding action plan
  • There are no minimum EPC ratings for the EPCs but,
  • The owner of the building must implement the building improvement measures by a compliance date set out in the action plan or,
  • Maintain a valid Display Energy Certificate (DEC)

What is the current situation?

Most organisations that operate within the property sector are already well aware of this legislation. They are currently taking steps to perform gap analysis work within their portfolio to identify those ‘at risk’ properties, undertaking EPCs and developing action plans to ensure they are fully compliant by the required date.

We have however had a number of discussions with organisations which were not aware that they were affected by these regulations. If the letting of property is not your core sector, it could be easy for this to slip under the radar – especially if you have different teams responsible for environmental compliance and property management. Examples of this include:

  • A car company that owns the showroom buildings which it leases to its network of distributers
  • A restaurant franchise that owns and lets the buildings its franchisee groups run the restaurants in
  • A sports venue company that has a number of domestic properties on its ground that it lets out

Carbon Credentials has been working with a number of clients undertaking gap analysis work for MEES and helping develop action plans for mitigation. We also discussed with clients what the risks and opportunities from MEES are in our recent Crucial Compliance Changes: MEES Workshop.

Guidance released on 23rd February 2017 provides information to the industry ahead of  regulations coming into force in April 2018.

Through this work our Head of Policy, Alison Mungall, has developed a MEES Decision Tree to help organisations understand more about MEES, establish whether they need to think about it and if so, when.

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