Comment: MEES Regulations for Scotland

There is an increasing drive towards energy efficiency of existing building stock, particularly in the residential sector. The Scottish Parliament will soon consider a proposal on new regulations to improve the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards of properties in the private rental sector. They will seek to ban the rental of properties which do not meet these standards.

Refocusing on Energy Efficiency

The new regulations were intended to come into force in April, requiring a minimum standard of EPC rating E. However, since the introduction was postponed due to COVID-19, the regulations have been tightened still further. The minimum standards will now require:

  • an EPC rating of D, where there has been a change in tenancy from 1 April 2022 and
  • there is an EPC rating of D by 31 March 2025

For more information on the regulatory changes, read the ARLA website.

The View from Stroma

"Stroma Certification is delighted to learn that these regulation are to be laid before Scottish parliament shortly. We responded in full to the consultation in 2018 and we are pleased to see much of our feedback has been adopted. These regulations were due to come into force on 1 April 2020 but implementation was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. They represent a big change for PRS properties in Scotland, and brings the Scottish Regulations into line and exceeds the current regulations in England and Wales. They are ambitious, but achievable and gives a pathway towards better performing PRS properties. Stroma Certification understand how the regulations are designed to work, and can provide support and guidance where requested by clients and stakeholders. Andrew Parkin, Director of Energy Certification

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