Some research this month which confirms how slow the property industry has been to respond to minimum energy efficiency standards.
With less than three months to go before the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force, almost one in five commercial properties in England and Wales are below the minimum ‘E’ rating required, reveals exclusive analysis by Nimbus Maps. Under the MEES regulations, it will be unlawful for landlords to let commercial and domestic buildings in England and Wales that do not achieve an EPC rating of E or above. According to the Nimbus Maps data, 18% of commercial properties will be unlettable if they do not improve their rating by 1 April. In some areas, that figure is far higher. Kensington and Chelsea tops the table, with one third of commercial properties rated below E. More than a quarter of commercial properties in Bath and north-east Somerset, Shropshire and Wyre Forest are also rated below E.