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Green Property Alliance Calls for Government Response on MEES

Green Property Alliance Calls for Government Response on MEES
12 April 2024

A group representing the commercial real estate sector is demanding that the government finalises its plans on energy efficiency standards for England's non-domestic private rented sector.

In a letter to the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net-Zero Claire Coutinho, members of the Green Property Alliance want a full response to the 2021 consultation on implementing new minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) for the non-domestic private rented sector. 

This consultation ran from 17 March to 9 June 2021 and explored the feasibility of raising non-domestic MEES to EPC B by 2030.

The group, which comprises professionals from bodies such as the Better Buildings Partnership, British Property Federation, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and the UK Green Building Council, supports higher energy efficiency standards for commercial buildings. 

They claim that the lack of an official response to the 2021 consultation paper is “causing real concern amongst our members, impacting on investment plans and upgrades of their buildings.”

The letter states: “A full response, providing detail on EPC targets and timelines and clarity on the rules around exemptions and enforcement, would be warmly welcomed by our members and we would be an ally in working with you and officials to help communicate and deliver the new standards.”

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Article written by Ella Tansley | Published 12 April 2024


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