Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are a hot topic with the drive being greater than ever to improve the efficiency of buildings to reduce the use of fossil fuels and impacts of climate change.
The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 which came into effect as of April 2016, stipulate a clear time frame for landlords to implement necessary measures on their buildings in order to reduce energy usage and environmental impact.
The timeline of these events is as follows:
All domestic Tenants have the right to request energy efficiency improvements to their properties. This applies to domestic properties let under longer term assured and regulated tenancies. Landlords will be unable to refuse consent to a Tenant’s request to make energy efficiency improvements.
It will be unlawful to grant new leases of residential or commercial property with an EPC rating below an ‘E’.
The regulation will expand to apply to all residential privately rented property which are required to have an EPC.
This will be extended to include all existing commercial leases.
Given the above timeline indicates some quite onerous obligations on Landlords with strict time frames, it is essential to act and commission an energy audit to advise and specify the appropriate measures necessary to improve the energy performance of a building. By discarding this legislation and not taking action within the stipulated timeframes, Landlords run the risk of costly fines and legal action therefore contact Building Surveyors Ltd for advice on how we can assist you.
A service we are now offering is a high level thermal imaging drone scan of a building to identify areas of heat loss. This unique and innovative form of assessment allows us to identify and specify appropriate measures to reduce the energy usage and heat loss of a building, in order to work towards meeting the legislative requirements.
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