Energy Performance Certificates

As an approved energy assessor, BSSEC can help to improve non-domestic EPC ratings across property portfolios.

At present, all domestic and commercial buildings in the UK on the market to buy or rent must have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). A valid EPC will last for 10 years.

Changes to EPC rating requirement: MEES

From April 2018, legislative changes in the Energy Act 2011 bring the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) into effect. This will make it unlawful for commercial landlords to let/sublet properties in England & Wales with the two lowest Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings of F and G, subject to certain exemptions. This standard will also apply for existing leases from April 2023.

Landlords need to review their asset lists to identify any properties with an EPC rating of F or G. Once these properties have been identified, the EPC data should be checked as the existing EPC may not reflect any improvements made to the property, or, inappropriate assumptions may have been made in the original assessment.

Potentially re-running the EPC process could bring the property up to an E rating, without having to commit to capital expenditure.

Where this is not the case, early identification of measures needed to achieve the minimum E rating will be vital in order to provide sufficient time to comply with the regulations.

How BSSEC can help

BSSEC can help you comply in the non-domestic market in several straightforward and cost effective ways, including:

  • Checking if your EPC data is accurate
  • Finding the most cost effective methods to comply
  • Project managing the required work
  • Extending the MEES compliance work to find further energy savings

If you have a portfolio of properties we can manage the energy efficiency of them all, to ensure you comply with MEES, maximise energy efficiency, achieve cost savings across your portfolio and increase the value of your investment.

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