MEES – Future Changes to EPC Ratings

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) are consulting on the implementation of the changes to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) in England and Wales.  The following approach is detailed within the consultation:

  • Phased implementation of the EPC B standard by 2030 with EPC C by 2027 set as an interim milestone.
  • The introduction of two year ‘compliance windows’.  The ‘compliance window’ will begin with the requirement for Landlords to present a valid EPC.  For EPC C, the compliance window will be 2025-2027 and for EPC B 2028-2030
  • Move away from MEES enforcement at the point of let.

The Government proposes that all non-domestic buildings in England and Wales willrequire an EPC, this is a change from existing legislation that only mandates an EPC when a building is either constructed or sold/let.  With this, a new ‘Exemptions and Compliance’ database will be created to ensure continued compliance can be tracked by Local Authorities.  Exemptions to achieving the EPC standards of C and B can be sought via a new seven-year payback calculator for upgrades that are carried out by the Energy Assessor.

First Compliance Window: EPC C (2025-2027)

  • 1 April 2025: Landlords of all non-domestic rented buildings in scope of MEES must present a valid EPC (must be at least an E).
  • 1 April 2027: All non-domestic rented buildings must have improved the building to at least an EPC C or register an exemption.

Second Compliance Window: EPC B (2028-2030)

  • 1 April 2028: Landlords of all non-domestic rented buildings in scope of MEES must present a valid EPC (must be at least a C).
  • 1 April 2030: All non-domestic rented buildings must have improved the building to at least an EPC B or register an exemption. BEIS are consulting on the implementation of the changes to the MEES in England and Wales.

There are no comparable plans currently in place for Scotland.

Shell and Core

The consultation recognises the issue with Shell and Core leases in that the Landlord would often have to install measures that will immediately be replaced by the tenants or the tenants have to pay for installations before they legally become tenants.  To address this, it is proposed that compliance with MEES is removed from the point of let and lease renewals by allowing Landlords to register a 6 month temporary exemption.  At the end of this 6 months, a MEES compliant EPC must be lodged on the register.

The consultation will run until 09 June and can be accessed from the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/consultations/non-domestic-private-rented-sector-minimum-energy-efficiency-standards-epc-b-implementation

Get in Touch

KJ Tait Engineers can assist with any aspect of MEES and EPCs from general guidance to assisting in completing calculations.   Please contact EnergyTeam@kjtait.com for more information.