UK government launches new consultations on energy efficiency for non-domestic properties
The UK government has recently opened up two new consultations on the topic of energy efficiency for non-domestic properties, a recent news report has been able to suggest.
The first consultation seeks views on the proposals to increase the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) to a B rating by 2030.
The requirement that a new tenancy of a non-domestic property must have a minimum rating of E has applied since 1 April 2018. However, from 1 April 2023, this requirement will extend to all non-domestic properties, even where there has been no change in tenancy.
Last year, the government confirmed that its preferred future trajectory for non-domestic MEES is for the minimum rating to be a B rating by 2030. The new consultation sets out proposals on how to achieve this
The second consultation seeks views on the government’s proposal for a national performance based policy framework for assessing energy use and carbon emissions in commercial and industrial buildings over 1,000m² in England and Wales.
There would be a requirement to obtain an annual rating, which would be achieved by benchmarking a property against similar building types, and publishing the rating online would be mandatory. The initial phase of the framework would apply to commercial offices over 1,000m², with two more phases to cover the remaining commercial and industrial sectors. Both building owners and tenants who occupy a building will be affected.
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