What is the minimum level of energy efficiency (MEES)
July 29, 2019
When you’re managing a private rented property, it can feel like there’s a million and one things to keep track of; not least your property energy efficiency.
By law, all domestic and non-domestic private rented properties are now required to adhere to a minimum level of energy efficiency: an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E or above.
The legislation has been enforced in a bid to get landlords and property owners thinking harder about their energy efficiency.
So why does this matter?
This isn’t something that’s going anywhere; and it doesn’t just apply to new builds.
The minimum level of energy efficiency also puts a restriction on granting extensions on existing tenancies where the EPC rating is F or G (this rule has been in effect since April 2018).
It also means – for domestic properties – a landlord cannot rent the property at all from 2020. For non-domestic properties, that date is 2023.
What do I do if my energy rating is lower than E?
You can save yourself a lot of hassle by making your property as energy efficient from the word go as possible.
If you’re still in the building process, it’s always worth considering:
- Upgrading your windows and doors to double glazing
- Installing wall insulation
- Adding loft insulation that’s at least 270mm thick
- Choosing a new, energy-efficient boiler
- Going for a more efficient secondary heating source (such as a wood burning stove rather than an open fireplace)
- Sealing open chimneys
- Giving thought to renewables (such as solar PV)
Here at Buildpass, this is something we have the skills and experience to support you with. We’re available to join you at your property at short notice or elsewhere for a consultation to share the steps you need to take to keep your EPC rating as low as possible.
And for those of you who are already renting a property with a low energy efficiency level, we will identify the areas of risk as well as guide you on all the improvements needed to boost your rating.
Because we care about what we do. It’s our mission to see all new and existing properties at the peak of energy efficiency and sustainability.
Do you believe in our mission? Give us a call or an email and say hello. We’ll arrange a free initial consultation to find out exactly what it is you need and how we can support you on your journey.