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Energy efficiency rules: a property owner’s guide

Energy Performance Certificates (EPC) are about to get stricter – Energy Performance ratings of E are the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES).

EPCs have been in place since 2008 but no Government requirement to act means a building’s energy performance has often been ignored, says carbon and energy consultant at IMServ Peter Leggett.

But the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES), which comes into place in 2018, requires rented property or premises to have an Energy Performance rating of at least E, so buildings with an F or G rating will have to upgrade their energy system if they are to comply.

“A typical building rated F or G could be a 1950s office block,” Leggett says. “These buildings usually have a boiler room in the basement, air-handling equipment on the roof and fluorescent tubes for lighting. In these cases, often the energy system hasn’t been upgraded since the building was built. However small changes, such as LED lighting or localised heating controls, could make significant improvements to the building’s EPC.”

While many of these improvements are simple, they do require time to implement. “Often building owners or managers leave it to the very last minute to comply with changes in legislation. The Energy Savings Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) is an example of this coming into place this year, and as activity has been low so far, pressure will build towards the compliance date of 5 December 2018.”

Penalties for non-compliance under MEES could rise to 20% of rateable value.

Cheaper business energy bills

As Leggett, points out, “the sooner you start improving energy performance, the sooner the energy bill cost reduces for landlords and their tenants”.

Understanding your building’s energy consumption is the first step to energy compliance, and through accurate data recording, efficiency measures can be converted into energy savings.

Yet the easiest way to save money on business energy bills is often overlooked: switching energy supplier. Many businesses are losing out on much cheaper energy because they lack the time to trawl through scores of quotes.

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