Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES)

What are Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards?

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) sets out a minimum level of energy performance for all privately rented properties in England and Wales, which are legally required to have an Energy performance Certificate. Non-domestic landlords cannot grant new leases, or renewals and extensions to existing leases for buildings with an EPC rating of F or G since 1st April 2018. Stroma Built Environment can help landlords and property owners to establish if they the meet the minimum standard. We can also advise about energy efficiency improvements to meet the minimum standard.

MEES Audit services – Why choose Stroma Built Environment?

Under the Energy Efficiency Regulations, it is estimated that 20% of non-domestic properties in England and Wales currently fail to meet the minimum standard. As market leaders in building compliance and energy auditing, Stroma Built Environment can support you with identifying MEES risks in your property portfolio. We have been working with landlords, tenants, property and managing agents to assess their property stock against the risk of non-compliance. Our energy auditors will work with you to prevent potential distribution to your investments and avoid associated financial penalties. If your property(s) fail to meet MEES, we can provide you with a prioritised improvement plan to ensure you remain compliant.

MEES: A lifecycle approach to compliance

Our 4 stage comprehensive approach will identify risks around your property portfolio and provide all the support you’ll require to be MEES compliant:

Stage 1 MEES Risk Assessment

Simply provide us with the addresses, floor areas and lease expiry dates of your properties and we’ll do the rest. Our lookup database allows us to lookup commercial properties to assess potential EPC rating risks against the new regulations.

  • Review existing EPC ratings and renewal dates
  • Prioritised risk assessment, highlighting ‘at risk’ properties
  • Comprehensive fee quote for MEES risk assessment across ‘at risk’ properties

Stage 2 Individual Property MEES Assessment

Stroma delivers bespoke assessments for each property, in compliance with the MEES Regulations.

  • Updated draft EPC rating (as existing)
  • Review of ‘relevant’ energy efficiency improvements
  • Cost-effectiveness review (including simple payback)
  • Summary of ‘required improvement actions’, including approximate cost of works

Stage 3 MEES Compliance Summary

Improvement Plan and Funding Assessment
In order to ensure compliance, we provide a report detailing the summary of required works, including:

  • Improvement works required for each property
  • Cost/benefit calculations to support business case decisions
  • Exemptions and exceptions (including supporting evidence, as required for compliance)

Stage 4 PRS Exemption Management

Even if you’re exempt from the regulations, supporting evidence is required for compliance.

Stroma’s energy experts will work with you to help you manage your exemptions and register them for compliance with the PRS Exemptions Register.

  • Outline all building exemptions
  • Clarify exemption timescales/expiration dates
  • Review all supporting evidence to register your exemption

Why is MEES important?

MEES was introduced because of the poor levels of energy efficiency across much rental property stock in England and Wales. The regulations apply to all privately rented properties which are required to have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) in England. If a landlord lets a building which does not comply with MEES regulations, they can be subject to financial penalties of up to £150,000, as well as public notification of their non-compliance.

Request a quote for MEES services

We can help you to remain fully compliant, whilst avoiding financial and reputable damages, including penalties and/or a loss of rental income. Speak to our Energy Compliance team to request a quote for our MEES Services. You can also select to receive information about our complementary services for additional support.

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