The Retro Fit-Up

New regulations coming into force in April 2018 are set to make it illegal to rent out properties that do not meet new energy efficiency standards.

Although legislation was introduced in 2011 and regulations, known as Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) were approved in 2015, with just over 12 months until they come into effect they are not finalised, no guidance has been issued and the Government is completely silent on the issue. While the CLA supports the objectives of this policy we are concerned that in addition to the lack of clarity on MEES regulations, the method by which the Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings are calculated, known as the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP), the EPC discriminates against rural properties due to their traditional construction and type of fuel they use.

To address the concerns of homeowners and landlords of older houses built before 1919 the CLA has published a new report, titled The Retrofit-Up - How Government energy policy is failing older houses across the British countryside, to call on the Government to to consider 10 key recommendations. 

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