Explaining new energy efficiency standards for commercial properties in England and Wales


Energy in Demand - Sustainable Energy - Rod Janssen

Sarah Brimacombe of the law firm Clyde and Co LLP has written an excellent article on the Lexology website about the implications of the new minimum energy efficiency standards on commercial buildings. Is there anything comparable in other countries?


New regulations on minimum energy efficiency standards for commercial properties: tenants beware!

New minimum energy efficiency standard regulations, The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property)(England and Wales) Regulations 2015 (MEES), have recently been passed and come into force on 1st April 2016. MEES will have a significant impact on commercial landlords, and consequently tenants, of properties in England and Wales which have a poor energy efficiency rating, defined under MEES as an energy rating below an ‘E’ under an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). Any properties below this minimum threshold, i.e. with an ‘F’ or ‘G’ rating (‘G’ being the lowest rating available), will be captured. Landlords will face hefty financial penalties…

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