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23 MAI 2017

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards and the Impact on Commercial Property

From 1 April 2018, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations prevent landlords from granting a lease of commercial property that has an EPC rating lower than E unless they have carried out all cost-effective works to improve energy efficiency, or one of the exemptions applies. 

This seminar comprises an overview of this requirement in relation to commercial properties, including the following aspects:

  • landlords’ obligations to carry out energy efficiency improvement works
  • the types of energy efficiency improvement works that may be required
  • key dates for compliance
  • exemptions and the exemptions register
  • enforcement and penalties
  • likely effects on existing and new commercial leases
  • practical solutions for property owners.

Peter Williams is professional support laywer at Shoosmiths. He is particularly interested in sustainability and energy efficiency and he was a member of the Non-Domestic Minimum Building Energy Performance Standards Working Group, which reported to the Department of Energy and Climate Change in advance of the consultation on the MEES regulations.

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