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The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are a key aspect of the UK government’s goal to increase the environmental performance of real estate. Currently, the minimum energy efficiency standard is set to an EPC rating of E – but this is all set to change.

What are the changes?

The government recognises that we need to do more and act faster if the UK is to reach its target of achieving net zero carbon by 2050. This includes tightening EPC ratings and we are currently awaiting the outcome of the Government’s consultation on raising minimum EPC rating to either C or B by 2030 and whether to do so with a single implementation date or using incremental milestones.

What does this mean for you?

If the Government’s preferred option of a B rated MEES threshold is ratified, it is estimated that 85% of all commercial rented properties will be affected.

Whatever the outcome of the consultation and the route that the government decides on, landlords and tenants will need to review their MEES strategy and alter it to ensure they can comply with the regulations in time for 2030 and stay ahead of their competitors. Early preparation is key.

For landlords, the new MEES will bring about the need to reflect on existing energy strategies and assess whether any changes are needed to adapt to the new trajectory. In order to do this, landlords will first need to understand their portfolios, which will allow them to identify the properties most at risk and make sure they’re not missing opportunities to make improvements between now and 2030.

Tenants should expect landlords to undertake thorough examination of any works they plan to undertake at the property – landlords will necessarily want to be aware of the effect of works on their property’s energy efficiency.

How we can help

If you’re a landlord, our team of experienced, commercially-minded energy consultants can help you to understand your portfolio and work with you to develop an efficient, cost-effective strategy to ensure you’re on track to achieve the appropriate EPC rating across your portfolio by 2030.

For tenants, we can provide reliable advice on the environmental impact of any alterations you plan to undertake, ensuring they’re fully aligned with your landlord’s energy efficiency targets. We can review landlord’s dilapidations claims to ensure they are correct and where exaggerated assist in negotiating a favourable settlement.

For more information on MEES, get in touch with Philip White.

For longer term advice on how to achieve Net Zero Carbon targets in 2050, get in touch with Anne Johnstone.