New Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) insist commercial premises use less energy. Make sure you comply
From 1 April 2018, landlords will be unable to rent out or sub-let a property to new or existing tenants until it has a new Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with a minimum energy rating of E.
At the moment, the least efficient energy rating is G. The best is A.
How will I comply with the new legislation?
As a landlord, your ‘non-domestic private rented property’, must achieve an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E.
Read more in the Government’s: ‘Guidance for Landlords’.
What are the penalties if I don’t comply?
The fines are tough. Don’t be caught out.
If you’ve been in breach of the regulations for up to 3 months, you could be fined up to £5,000 or 10% of the property’s rateable value up to a maximum of £50,000. Over 3 months and the penalty rises to £10,000 and 20% of the rateable value, up to £150,000. The Local Weights and Measures Authority will enforce the regulations.
A property without an EPC which later gets assessed as F or G, could see a landlord face an extra fine for the previous breach.
What must I do to achieve the minimum standard?
Shops, offices, warehouses, dentists and doctors’ surgeries:
Switching to LED lighting may be enough to keep you in line with the new regulations.
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Why is the law changing?
The Government wants energy efficiency in the UK’s older buildings to improve. One in five falls below E, wasting energy and contributing to greenhouse gas emissions.
The Chartered Institute of Building Service Engineers (CIBSE) recommends the government goes even further. It sets a higher minimum level to:
- D and above by 2025
- C and above by 2030.
Besides compliance, how will I benefit?
By replacing the standard light bulbs in your premises with LED, you save up to 70% on the cost of your lighting.
LED spot lights use 90% less electricity than halogen bulbs – and last 15-20 times longer.
Easy payment terms. Spend £375 or more and get interest-free finance over 12 months.
You’ll recover the cost of installing LED lighting in your shop or office in just 6 to 12 months. Thanks to the money you save on electricity plus the interest-free finance, your new LED lighting is almost free.
Green Lease Opportunities.
It’s fairer when the landlord and tenant share costs and savings. Consider setting up a ‘green lease’ – ask your solicitor for advice.
Is now a good time to refurbish my property?
Making your property more energy efficient could increase its value. It’s possible to improve the heating and hot-water supply, draught-proofing, insulation and automatic lighting controls without going to great expense.
How can I check the EPC rating of my commercial property?
- Go to the commercial EPC register.
- Find your last EPC.
- After completing the energy efficiency improvements, contact the assessor to arrange for a new certificate.
How much energy am I using?
Work out exactly how much energy you can save. Get our energy savings calculator app here.
As a landlord, what should I do now?
Achieve the minimum E rating at the lowest price. Contact us for advice today.
See the range of high quality, affordable LED lighting in our online store.
We’ll make it easy for you to achieve the new Government standard.