Last edited 17 Feb 2021

Minimum energy efficiency standard regulations for domestic and non-domestic buildings

The Climate Change Act 2008 legally bound the government to reduce the annual greenhouse gas emissions by 34% by 2020 and 80% by 2050, against a 1990 baseline. The December 2011 Carbon Plan highlighted that 38% of emissions in the UK come from buildings and the government aims to reduce these emissions to close to zero by the year 2050.

The Energy Act 2011 placed a duty on the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change to bring into force regulations that would improve the energy efficiency of buildings in the domestic and non-domestic private rented sector in England and Wales.

On 5 February 2015 the Government published a response to a consultation on the private rented sector minimum energy efficiency standard regulations for domestic and non-domestic buildings in England and Wales. The consultation ran from 22 July 2014 to 2 September 2014 and engaged with a range of stakeholders, including landlords, tenants, environmental groups and property organisations.

They propose that the regulations will:

The regulations will be enforced by local authorities, who will be able to issue penalties for not complying with the regulations. Renting out a non-compliant property might incur a penalty of up to £4,000 for domestic properties and up to £150,000 for non-domestic properties.

Amber Rudd MP said, “improving the energy efficiency...will enhance the quality of living and cut the energy bills for the millions of people who rent their homes”.

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