The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are set to come into force from April 2018.
From then onwards it will be illegal to lease out a domestic or commercial building with an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of Band F or G. There is an estimated 400,000 buildings that may not make the grade.
By introducing the MEES, the government hopes to raise energy efficiency standards in buildings across the UK by encouraging building owners and managers to undertake building upgrades to achieve better EPC ratings.
The long term plan is to upgrade all commercial properties to a minimum of Band C by 2030.
Approximately 18% of the UK’s commercial buildings fall into the F and G Bands for EPC ratings – putting around 200,000 commercially lettable buildings into the remit of the new MEES rules.
An additional 17% of commercial buildings have an E rating EPC, putting them at future risk of falling into an un-lettable category.
Mitsubishi Electric has published a CPD-accredited guide which examines the MEES in-depth, specifically addressing its impact on commercial premises. The guide looks at what types of building are most likely to be affected and what exemptions may currently apply.
The Guide explains the most cost-effective solutions when it comes to improving an EPC rating and what technology options are available.
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