Minimum energy performance standards for non-domestic buildings

The Energy Act 2011 states that from 1 April 2018, it will be unlawful to let property which fails to achieve a Minimum Building Energy Performance Standard (MEPS). The Government has yet to consult on the detail or timing of the regulations required to implement MEPS, however, it is expected that the minimum standard required for England and Wales will be based on an E-rated Energy Performance Certificate (EPC). 

Under this legislation it would be illegal to rent any buildings not reaching the minimum EPC level from 2018 until improvements had been made to bring them up to the minimum standard. This would clearly impact many CLA members with privately rented non-domestic buildings.

The CLA is part of a working group looking at how this legislation will affect non-domestic building stock in the privately rented sector. The group’s remit will be to deliver a set of workable recommendations to the Government which service the requirements of both non-domestic landlords and tenants for consideration as the detail and timing of legislation is consulted on.

To best represent CLA members, we need evidence of types of non-domestic buildings which are likely to be affected by this legislation and what the impacts could be. In particular, information on buildings which have an existing EPC below level E, and examples of non- domestic buildings of traditional or unusual construction would be extremely useful.

Types of buildings which may fall into the category of non-domestic buildings include office, retail, industrial and warehouse units as well as agricultural buildings with heating or ventilation. However, this list is not exhaustive and members with further examples of buildings which may be affected are encouraged to make contact.  

Any member who has information on non domestic buildings or would like to express views on the implications of this legislation should contact the CLA’s Renewable Energy Adviser, on tom.beeley@cla.org.uk