Electric rises to MEES challenge

Following the recent introduction of the government’s new energy efficiency standards for private rented properties, the onus is now on landlords to raise to the green credentials of inefficient rental properties. Here, Christian Hadley, head of product marketing at Glen Dimplex Heating and Ventilation, which includes the Dimplex and Creda brands, explains why modern electric heating appliances could be the answer and the opportunities this presents

except where exemptions apply. The same will apply to all private rented properties, even when there has been no change in tenant, from April 2020. It is all part of the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES), under the


Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, which aim to raise the efficiency of homes in the private rented sector. Of the 4.85 million private rented properties in England alone, 6.6% only have an EPC rating of F or G according to the Government’s English Housing Survey, using figures from 2016. That means approximately 320,100 properties will need to increase their EPC

rating by at least one band – and modern electric heating appliances could play a vital role in helping landlords achieve this.

Modern electric heating

For savvy installers and electrical contractors in particular, the new guidelines present a great opportunity to boost their income stream through the installation of new state-of-the-art electric heating appliances, but the first step is arming your customers with the information they need. While the incoming MEES regulations mean that landlords can no longer

ignore the efficiency of their property, the good news is raising the EPC rating doesn’t have to be a taxing or expensive affair – and with electric heating individual appliances can be upgraded one at a time. With MEES forcing efficiency improvements upon thousands of properties, heating upgrades could be the solution landlords need. Installers are best placed to advise their customers on compliant products that can not only raise efficiency, but can also reduce ongoing maintenance and running costs for tenants too.

The Dimplex Quantum off-peak heating system, for example, stores energy during cheaper, off-peak periods and delivers heat when it is most needed, through the day or night. Easy to install and simple to use, it offers an intelligent controller that adapts to the lifestyle and habits of the user, delivering enhanced controllability and comfort, alongside running cost savings. Independent research also shows that Quantum’s use of off-peak energy can

provide up to 47% running cost savings when compared to an electric convector or radiator system, and a 27% running cost saving compared to a standard storage heater system. All of this, of course, helps to raise the efficiency of the property in order to

achieve compliance with MEES. Indeed, findings show that upgrading the electric heating system in a residential property can improve the EPC rating of a property by up to 11 points, potentially raising it by a whole band. Remember, landlords need only make the minimum improvements required to raise the EPC band to ‘E’.

Become the ‘go-to’ installer

Above all else, the introduction of MEES provides further opportunity to become the installer or contractor of choice for many landlords simply by working closely with manufacturers to demonstrate much-needed expertise. The business case for electric heating is an obvious one. There are around two

million electrically heated homes in the UK, including a large proportion in the private rental sector – a highly regulated sector where additional services and safety checks are required in order to meet compliance, like the annual Gas Safety Certificate for example. Landlords can no longer ignore the efficiency of their property and the key will be in finding solutions that don’t just raise the EPC rating, but do so in a cost- effective way that will appeal to tenants too. Nobody is better placed to advise than those already working on the front line: the installer.

28 October 2018

ince April 1, all private rented properties in England and Wales must achieve at least an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of E before landlords can grant a new tenancy to new or existing tenants,

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