Minimum Energy Performance Standards
The Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) predominantly relate to non-domestic buildings such as shops, offices, industrial, healthcare sectors by setting a minimum energy performance standard to be implemented by April 2018. Any building falling below this standard will have to be improved before letting out to tenants. The details of the proposal, using powers within the Energy Act 2011, mean that buildings will need a minimum energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of band E.
Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS)
After consultations in 2014 it was decided that all properties would have a Minimum Energy Performance Rating of an E by April 2018. These ratings are decided by the Energy Performance Asset Rating, which scores properties on their energy efficiency. The implications of this will mean that all landlords will have to make sure that their properties meet the required standards before they can be let out. There is also a proposal to the government from the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) that the standards in the future should become progressively higher. CIBSIE's recommendation proposes that by 2023 the minimum standard should be a category D and by 2030 that should be raised again to a category C. The hope is that these measures should lead to improved building energy efficiency in the future with reduced carbon emission in line with the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris in which 195 countries agreed, by consensus, to the final global pact.
Low Cost Improvements
Fortunately it is possible to make low cost improvements that will help to increase the energy efficiency of your building, many of which can be found on our website. Changing from inefficient tungsten or halogen light bulbs to Compact Fluorescent Lighting (CFL) lighting or LED can be a cost effective improvement or converting fluorescent tube lighting to even higher efficiency LED lighting is now very cost effective. Ensuring everywhere is insulated will also improve the energy efficiency rating. Other low cost ways to make sure that your building is as energy efficient as possible is to install timers for lighting and other electrics so they are not used unnecessarily; sensors also offer a similar advantage especially in areas such as corridors, basements, garages and utility rooms.
Don't forget that onsite energy generation, predominantly by cost effective solar electricity generation or solar heat capture also count towards lowering your energy consumption.