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MEES - minimum energy efficiency standards

Will you be impacted by MEES?

Installing a biomass boiler may not only improve your energy efficiency and allow you to reduce your energy costs and earn money from the Governments RHI scheme - but it could be a life saver and allow you to comply with the new MEES regulations coming in to force in April 2018.

A free to user biomass boiler for higher energy users is also available from Wood Energy Ltd under an ESCo (energy supply contract)  

The Department for Communities and Local Government are responsible for Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS), now widely called Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) and Energy Performance Certificates (EPC). ALL new or existing non-residential buildings over 50m² require an EPC when constructed, sold or rented out, so virtually all non residential customers will be impacted by MEPS.

Wood Energy Ltd has partnered with Savills Energy who has developed an MEES/EPC offer that will allow both Savills clients, plus the wider market to achieve April 2018 MEES/EPC compliance; informing clients of the measures they need to take.

MEES policy drivers

From April 2018, buildings above 50m2 with an Energy Rating of “F” and “G” are likely to be unlettable[1]. This minimum standard may rise to include properties with an “E” rating. The governments consultation raises the possibility of setting a "forward trajectory" (or at least of establishing the principles underpinning such a process) for standards beyond 2018. The clear suggestion is that the current regulations may be just the beginning, but the concern is that unless a clear future pathway is indicated, the industry may be faced with 'moving' standards which are difficult to predict. The criteria to meet an 'E' rating may well become stricter as time passes and there is also the possibility of the government deciding in the future to raise the bar to a higher minimum (e.g. a 'D' rating). Prior to this, from April 2016, landlords will not be able to refuse any requests from tenants to improve a property’s energy efficiency.

The Savills Energy offer

It is important that clients start the process as quickly as possible. Savills has put an experienced MEES/EPC audit team in place, including Energy Savings Obligation Scheme (ESOS) leads assessors, to provide best advice and deliver the most effective and efficient method of compliance with the April 2018 deadline. Different approaches will be available to achieve compliance; the Savills Energy will work with the client to deliver the best solution. The Savills Energy team is technology agnostic, and will creatively take account of different approaches to compliance, including on site generation, energy efficiency, systems and controls etc, to deliver a cost effective, future proofed solution. Savills will be able to project manage the suggested upgrade works, some of which can be offered via funded Energy Performance Partnership contract solutions meaning no up front cost to the building owner.

Link to Energy Savings Obligation Scheme (ESOS)

Savills is also providing ESOS Compliance services, and as part of this ESOS offer data on the properties which may fall foul of the MEES/EPC compliance will be reviewed and highlighted, and a route map to achieving 2018 EPC compliance can be worked up (so properties don’t fall into the bottom F & G, and potentially E grades).

Penalties for non-compliance

From April 2018 with buildings above 50m2 with an Energy Rating of “F” and “G” likely to be unlettable, it goes without saying that property values of non-compliant buildings will be severely impacted.

The Savills Energy Team and Wood Energy Ltd

Please contact Wood Energy's marketing team and we will put you in touch with the Savills Energy MEES/EPC Compliance team who will be pleased to contact clients to follow up on MEES/EPC opportunities.

[1] There are exceptions