Clarity from Minister on commercial MEES

19 Feb 2024

The Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, the Rt Hon Claire Coutinho, MP, has confirmed that no changes have yet been made to Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards for non-domestic properties. 

Since the Prime Minister ruled out legislation to force landlords to upgrade the EPC rating of their properties in September 2023 there has been some confusion about whether non-domestic properties were included. Under current rules, non-domestic property in England and Wales must achieve EPC E (unless exempt), and the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DENZ) propose that they must meet EPC B by 2030. 

A consultation which ran in 2021 gathered views and evidence on the implementation and enforcement of the 2030 target, however, the UK Government response is yet to be published. DENZ originally intended to introduce legislation in 2025 to allow sufficient lead time for landlords to prepare, but this is no longer possible.

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