Reforming the UK building stock - minimum energy efficiency standards

Reforming the UK building stock - minimum energy efficiency standards

Consultations have recently closed on proposals for minimum energy efficiency standards for the domestic and non-domestic building sector. These proposals, focusing on the energy efficiency of the UK building stock, are part of a suite of reforms to help the UK achieve its carbon reduction targets. Given that around 18% of non-domestic properties, and one in ten domestic properties, are in the very lowest EPC bands (F or G), the proposals for minimum energy standards could make a difference.

Proposals for the private rented sector minimum energy efficiency (non-domestic) regulations for England and Wales will mean that by 1 April 2018, all eligible properties will have to be improved to a specified minimum energy efficiency standard (EPC rating E) before being let to tenants, except where certain exemptions apply.

With these proposals looming, landlords will need to start making energy efficiency improvem

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About the author:

Simone is an environmental law specialist and is head of LexisPSL Environment.

Simone moved to LexisNexis from Clyde & Co where she trained. Whilst at Clyde & Co Simone gained experience in contentious work, including large scale arbitrations, private claims and regulatory breaches, and a variety of non-contentious issues. Some of her experience includes the EU Emissions Trading System, the domestic Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme, environmental due diligence, Energy Performance Certificates, permitting requirements and contaminated land.

Simone has written a number of articles, which have been published in various journals and is a trustee of the United Kingdom Environmental Law Association (UKELA).