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20% of commercial properties missing MEES objectives

18 February 2018

Approximately one in five of 3,620 buildings were found to have EPC ratings of F or G when tested using version 5.4a of the Simplified Building Energy Model (SBEM).

This places them at risk of failing to comply with the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MMES) legislation that comes into effect in April.

Those properties failing to achieve EPCs of E or above will not be able to renew leases with tenants or be let to new occupants.

SBEM is the government's approved software program to calculate the amount of energy required by buildings over a 12-month period.

Figures will include the levels of heating, ventilation, cooling and lighting required to run each building over the year, taking normal working conditions into account.

All of the properties tested were listed on the arbnco platform, with the company stating that all those tested were from "well-managed building stock with EPCs produced within the last five years".

Results showed that nearly 18% of buildings had seen their EPC rating fall, with 11% of those with E ratings falling to F or G.

Ratings of D or below applied to 60% of properties on the platform, which the company said showed that "highly rated properties have become more difficult to achieve".

Using its figures on those properties with a rating of F or G, the company says this implies that up to £130.68bn of UK commercial buildings "could be at risk of [failing to comply with] MEES".

This is seen as of particular concern, given that property owners have known about the MEES deadline for some time.

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