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How to prepare for the legislative changes to the MEES: By Paul Bennett from BIFM's Sustainability SIG

01-02-17, 10:13

On 1 April 2018, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) will come into force, making it against the law to agree a new lease on a commercial property with an F or a G Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating. From 1 April 2023, this will apply to all existing leases, not just new ones.

In this latest blog, Paul Bennett from BIFM?s Sustainability Special Interest Group explains the forthcoming legislative change, what it is, who it will apply to and what to do next.

What is the MEES Legislation?

The 2011 Energy Act requires the Government to set minimum energy performance standards in the domestic and non-domestic rented (leased) property market. The 2015 Energy Efficiency Regulations defined the MEES, which has been set as an E EPC rating and made F and G rated buildings unlawful.

The key dates relating to the MEES are ?

> 1 April 2018: Minimum E EPC for new leases and renewals/extensions

> 1 April 2023: Minimum E EPC for all leases

So, this means that by 1 April 2018, all landlords and/or tenants will need to have met the minimum standard of E EPC or have registered an exemption.

Who do the MEES apply to?

The MEES apply directly to landlords and tenants who occupy F and G rated buildings. They apply especially to those whose leases require renewal after 1 April 2018.

The MEES also apply to FM practitioners who will no doubt become involved in ?

> Obtaining a building?s EPC

> Identifying compliance issues

> Developing improvement strategies and specifications to improve F and G buildings to become E rated or better

> Managing works

> Post-project evaluation of energy performance

What to do next in light of the MEES

As an FM practitioner you should do the following ?

> Obtain lease renewal dates for building that you are involved with

> Obtain EPC certificates

> Understand the accuracy and value of existing EPC certificates. There is much debate in the industry about the accuracy of existing EPCs. They may be wrong!

> Begin talks with landlords and tenants about the forthcoming issues and how these should be managed and, most importantly, paid for

> Start thinking about technical strategies for EPC improvement and how these works are to be procured and carried out and how landlord and tenant value from the improvements can be obtained

More information on the MEES can be found here. For queries, email Paul Bennett at

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