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Gavin Holvey, UK & Ireland Sales Manager, Priva UK, discusses what the arrival of MEES (Minimum Energy Eciency Standards) on April 1 means for commercial building landlords.

or commercial landlords it's key to be aware of the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), set out in the Energy Act, which came into force on April 1.

MEES requirements are fundamentally shaking up the UK commercial property sector, and landlords need to be on board. An energy inefficient estate could become a serious headache. A leading insurance company advises swift action. Lower rated commercial properties will not only become less attractive to future occupants, but may suddenly become illegal to rent out without energy-saving upgrades in place to bring them up to the required level. With fines of up to £150,000 for non- compliance, it is essential that property owners are aware of the new regulations.

New MEES rules mean that from April 1 this year, it is unlawful to let or lease a commercial property with a poor energy rating.


The government has identified the built environment as a leading contributor to Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. Therefore, it must act to reduce GHG in order to meet its legally binding carbon reduction targets for 2020 and 2050. The Government estimates that 18% of commercial properties hold the lowest Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings of F or G. MEES requires all

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buildings to achieve at least an 'E' rating before they can be leased or rented.

The rules come into force for new lets and renewals of tenancies with effect from April 1 and for all existing tenancies on April 1, 2020. It's important to note that the minimum requirement may be raised in the future.

How to react to MEES?

A leading property advice website, rather succinctly, advises that now is the time to undertake an energy efficiency programme. That may not seem simple, but there are in fact many fast acting, quick payback opportunities out there that can solve MEES challenges fast.

Priva realises that in these rapidly changing times, commercial landlords are now faced with the challenge of achieving a sustainable building, combined with an optimum working climate for the lowest possible operating costs.

Priva UK's heating control systems are just one such example. The Priva Blue ID building energy management system improves the accuracy of heating control across commercial estates. Meanwhile, legislation like MEES will likely continue to impose ever stricter requirements. Building owners can expect more such laws to be introduced in the future.

Therefore, the recommendation has to be: consider how futureproofed your

commercial rental estate is, not just for the arrival of MEES this month, but for many more years to come. Intelligent building management systems will cut CO2 emissions, minimise legislative risk and deliver a more profitable building, desirable to commercial tenants.

The Government esmates that 18% of commercial properes hold the lowest Energy Performance Cerficate (EPC) rangs of F or G. MEES requires all buildings to achieve at least an 'E' rang before they can be leased or rented.


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