How to get ahead of the future changes to the MEES Regulations

In April 2018, new rules were introduced across England and Wales, setting out minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES). These regulations made it unlawful for landlords to grant a new lease for properties that have an energy performance certificate (EPC) rating below E, unless the property is registered as an exemption.

While April 2018 heralded an initial change in the rules, further change is expected, with the standard anticipated to be increased to a D in 2022 and a C rating by 2025.

The tightening of the MEES Regulations imposes further obligations on landlords: if they fail to comply with the MEES Regulations, there are financial penalties and they will not be able to market the property.

As the deadline approaches, you should consider the following to protect your assets:

  • Review your property or property portfolios to identify whether your properties are compliant;
  • Look carefully at the date of existing EPC as re-assessment under the latest criteria might result in a lower EPC rating than the current certificate;
  • Consider the cost and extent of any works required;
  • What is required to acquire a D or C rating;

How can we help?

We offer advice on planned preventative maintenance (PPM) to buildings; this includes the formulation of maintenance strategies which can include a review of your EPC ratings. Our systems allow for extremely accurate and swift data capture at the survey stage, as well as flexible and focused outputs for reporting and monitoring actions that need to be undertaken to improve your EPC rating.

Trident advises that the energy performance of your buildings should be considered as part of their planned preventative maintenance strategy. Some examples are listed below:

  • Consider replacing existing single glazed timber or metal windows with double or triple glazed windows instead of repairing and redecorating the existing (subject to Planning, Listed Buildings and Conservation Area consents), particularly if costly scaffold is being used for other works (e.g.- roof repairs).
  • Consider the life cycle cost of retaining, repairing and undertaking cyclical redecoration of the existing windows to accurately compare with replacement costs.
  • Similarly, consider improvements to thermal insulation of facades whilst scaffold is available for other works.
  • Consider increasing insulation levels in roof coverings when reviewing refurbishment options for flat and pitched roof coverings.
  • Consider the installation of Photovoltaics to available flat roof or pitched roof areas to generate electricity for the building.
  • Consider installing green roofs to improve thermal insulation, promote Carbon reductions and potentially to create new outside green space for tenants.
  • Alter existing excess glazing areas (e.g. solar control glass, solar shades, Brise soleil) to reduce solar heat gains and therefore reduce the potential loading on air-conditioning systems.
  • Review the life expectancy of existing air-conditioning systems and the global warming potential of existing refrigerant gas to inform decisions on refurbishing or replacing existing systems.
  • Upgrade existing internal lighting using low energy LED fittings with energy saving features such as daylight dimming and motion sensor activation to avoid unnecessary consumption.
  • Install new and upgrade existing facilities that help to reduce reliance upon petrol and diesel cars for commuting e.g.- new / improved shower facilities, secure bicycle storage, lockers, changing facilities and electric vehicle charging points.

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