What are the MEES Regulations and what do they mean for me?

[et_pb_section fb_built=”1″ _builder_version=”3.22″ bb_built=”1″ _i=”0″ _address=”0″][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.25″ background_size=”initial” background_position=”top_left” background_repeat=”repeat” _i=”0″ _address=”0.0″][et_pb_column type=”4_4″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” _i=”0″ _address=”0.0.0″ custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_image src=”https://www.greenelement.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/EPC.jpg” align=”center” align_tablet=”center” align_last_edited=”on|desktop” _builder_version=”3.23″ always_center_on_mobile=”on” _i=”0″ _address=”″][/et_pb_image][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][et_pb_row _builder_version=”3.25″ background_color=”#ffffff” _i=”1″ _address=”0.1″ column_structure=”2_3,1_3″][et_pb_column type=”2_3″ _builder_version=”3.25″ background_color=”#ffffff” custom_padding=”|||” _i=”0″ _address=”0.1.0″ custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.27.4″ _i=”0″ _address=”″]

The United Kingdom has committed to reducing emissions by 2050 to 100% based on a 1990 baseline. Currently the carbon budget targets have been met, but for the UK to continue to improve and meet the 2050 target, more strict regulation has been implemented by the Government. As around 40% of the UK’s energy consumption and carbon emissions come from the operation of buildings, this is a target area.

What are the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards?

As of April 1st 2018, the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) regulations have been introduced. The impact of this is that applicable commercial properties that have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating of F or G will not be legally able to grant a new lease or tenancy until their rating is improved to an E or above.

 What is an EPC?

An EPC is an Energy Performance Certificate, this is generated through an assessment giving information about a property’s energy use and typical energy costs. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A (most efficient) to G (least efficient). As a tenant, you should contact your landlord or managing agent, or search the Energy Performance Certificate Register.

How are buildings assessed?

To receive an EPC, buildings should be reviewed by an accredited assessor. The summary will assess the key individual elements that have an impact on your building’s performance rating, with recommendations added about how to reduce energy use and save money. The key elements that are considered are walls, roof, floor, windows, main heating, main heating controls, secondary heating, hot water, lighting.

Who will be affected?

MEES regulations will apply to landlords and property owners upon the granting of a lease to a new tenant and lease renewals to existing tenants. The responsibility of ensuring the building is above these ratings lies with the landlord. The penalties for not complying can reach up to £150,000.

The same requirements will come into force on April 1st 2020 for all commercially rented properties even if there has not been a change in tenancy agreements and from April 1st 2023 extend to all applicable privately rented properties.


These new standards are not meant to be a punishment for building owners, but rather provide encouragement to reduce running costs and improve the efficiency of buildings while also reducing emissions.


Contact our team to ensure your business is proactive in environmental legislation compliance.


[/et_pb_text][et_pb_code background_color=”#ffffff” text_orientation=”center” _i=”1″ _address=”″][et_bloom_inline optin_id=”optin_3″][/et_pb_code][/et_pb_column][et_pb_column type=”1_3″ _builder_version=”3.25″ custom_padding=”|||” _i=”1″ _address=”0.1.1″ custom_padding__hover=”|||”][et_pb_image src=”https://www.greenelement.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/CONTACT-US-1.png” url=”https://www.greenelement.co.uk/contact-us/” align_tablet=”center” align_last_edited=”on|desktop” _builder_version=”3.23″ _i=”0″ _address=”″][/et_pb_image][et_pb_blog_extras posts_number=”3″ include_categories=”2″ blog_layout=”full_width” show_author=”off” show_date=”off” show_categories=”off” show_comments=”off” animation=”top” _builder_version=”3.0.85″ header_font=”|700|||||||” use_border_color=”on” border_color=”#7cda24″ box_shadow_position_ajax_pagination=”outer” _i=”1″ _address=”″]

The David Attenborough Effect

The David Attenborough Effect As David Attenborough turned 92 this week, he has been in the news being celebrated for his incredible life. We wanted to discuss one element of that legacy which has been having a colossal effect on society’s views of…
Read More
How David Attenborough helped raise awareness of the issues.

Futureproofing Energy Event CLEMG

Futureproofing Energy: Blockchain & Sustainable Buildings Two Green Element staff went along to the CLEMG (Central London Energy Management Group) event Futureproofing Energy in central London on April 17th 2018. We were treated to a series of short…
Read More
Blockchain for energy

April 2018 Legal Updates

April 2018 Legal Updates   The Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 revise the fees to be paid when entering data onto the register. Additions have been made to the list of data items from the register…
Read More
Green Element Legal Updates