Q: Should listed buildings need to comply?
We have outlined our thoughts on the contentious issue of whether Listed residential and non-domestic buildings should adhere to the MEES legislation. This report is only our view given the wording of the legislation and guidance and we have outlined in the download below our evidence base for our asset and portfolio manager clients to ensure they are informed for the quickly approaching legislation.
What is the issue?
MEES legislation is derived from the EU Directive and has been transposed across various UK PLC regulations. However we have come to the conclusion that Listed properties (bar Places of Worship, Monuments etc) can have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) calculated and therefore should. The confused caveat in the legislation ‘should not unacceptably alter the appearance/character’ of the building we believe is secondary to whether an EPC can be conducted.
As an EPC is a non-intrusive assessment, then an EPC can be conducted without materially affecting the building. The issue we believe is whether the buildings need to comply with the legislation i.e. where a building falls short of target EPC rating must it carry out measures?
Should Listed buildings need to comply with MEES?
We believe yes. The buildings should be assessed to determine the EPC rating however if the assessment identifies that the buildings cannot be lifted to the required EPC rating without affecting the historical merit of the building then an assessment can be lodged to exempt that building.
That is to say the building should have an assessment done that either shows how it can improve its rating or conclude that it is not possible to do so without affecting the appearance or character. The download outlines that there are many ways to improve a building’s rating without material change to its envelope. Either way the building will comply with MEES but needs to have an assessment done to do so but may not need to actually carry out improvements.
Also in the download we also point to the Governments impact assessment which seems to quite clearly outline that they had included Listed buildings in their calculations.
- We provide portfolio assessments to identify MEES risk. We have a proven track record of improving ratings by doing so properly. Our experience includes assessments on over 3,000 non-domestic buildings.
- We can provide exemption reports where appropriate.
- We have unique access to funding solutions that could as appropriate deliver the improvements required at no cost to the landlord. These include:
- Energy Company Obligation funding – working directly for the ‘Big 6’ and others we have delivered assessments for funding for over 10,000 residential homes with the lifetime savings of measures implemented exceeding 1/2 million tonnes of CO2.
- Grant funding applications
- Bespoke funding for Energy Efficiency & Low Carbon energy generation and heating