Minimum Energy Performance Standards (MEPS) also referred to as Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards are being introduced to the Private Rental Sector (PRS) and will make it illegal to let a property with an EPC of lower than an E rating.
The legislation applies to both domestic and commercial properties.
U Value refurbishment has been setup to assist landlords to navigate the reams of legislation associated with the new rules and ensure that their properties reach the minimum required standards or qualify for the potential exemptions.
With our experience in the property and energy efficiency sectors we are uniquely placed to provide the most cost effective energy efficiency solutions to what will be a problem for up to 25% of UK landlords.
The sooner the improvements are made the sooner you and your tenants can start benefiting from improved energy efficiency and the less chance there is that you will find yourself unable to re-let your property while you await work being completed in April 2018.
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If you are not sure whether or not you need too carry out domestic energy efficiency improvements or commercial energy performance improvements, take a look at our domestic EPC optimisation page and non domestic EPC improvements page to find out more information.
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Domestic Energy Efficiency
We can offer a wide range of energy efficiency improvements to domestic properties to improve the EPC rating of the property. This is because, from 1st April 2018 it will become illegal to put in place a new lease on any domestic property where the EPC rating is less than an E. Because of a peculiarity in the drafting of the legislation the rules could potentially apply where a new lease is granted from 1st April 2017, although the landlord would have 12 months to get the works completed.
These properties which only achieve an F or a G rating when assessed by an EPC assessor are the least efficient properties within the UK housing stock and can cost occupiers hundreds of pounds a year more to run than a more energy efficient property of the same size. From 1st April 2020 the rules will apply to all let residential property regardless of when a tenant took occupation. This rule could have a very significant if not disproportionate impact on landlords of properties where there is some form of rent control in place.
Commercial Energy Efficiency
Not only do we carry out EPC assessments but we can also carry out commercial energy efficiency improvements on your property. Commercial energy efficiency is due to play an ever more important role in commercial leasing. This is because from the 1st April 2018 it will become illegal to put in place a new lease on any commercial property where the EPC rating is less than an E. From 1st April 2023 the rules will apply to all let commercial property regardless of when a tenant took occupation.
There are many ways that a building can be made more energy efficient. Changing the lighting from traditional tubes to LED can significantly reduce energy costs, especially in a warehouse where lighting may be on 24 hours a day; Adding insulation to walls, floors, lofts and ceilings can reduce the amount of energy needed to heat a property; installing a new heating system can significantly improve the energy efficiency of a property, new boilers can be 3 or 4 times more energy efficient than the worst old ones. No two properties are the same and neither are two occupiers so the most cost effective solution is likely to be different in every case.
Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) Assessment
U-Value are specialist EPC assessors, we can carry out a domestic EPC or even a commercial EPC. We will not only carry out an EPC assessment on your property, but are also capable of carrying out the necessary work on both domestic and commercial properties to ensure they reach the necessary levels of energy efficiency to comply with the new Minimum energy performance legislation, coming in to action in the coming months.
Energy Performance Certificates, which are more often referred to as EPCs were introduced in 2007 and are now required whenever a property is sold or let. The government’s intention when it introduced EPCs was to assist purchasers and tenants to understand how energy efficient a property was which would give them an idea of how much that property would cost to run based on a rating scale from A to G depending on how energy efficient the property was. It was hoped that purchasers and tenants would be drawn to more energy efficient properties which would lead owners of less energy efficient properties to make improvements to their EPCs.
In order to meet its own climate change targets the government has indicated that the energy efficiency of all property in the UK needs to be significantly increased. In the Energy Act 2011 the government set out a series of policies to encourage people to make their properties more efficient including the Green Deal which was an effort to fund improvements to the worst properties. This still didn’t have enough of an effect and so the government has resorted to a far more draconian measure which prevents landlords in the Private Rented Sector (PRS) from letting both Commercial and Residential property if its energy efficiency as shown on an EPC does not meet the required standard.