Commercial buildings to have EPC band B by 2030?

On 15th October the Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) published its future trajectory for minimum energy efficiency standards for non-domestic (commercial) buildings.

The Government introduced minimum energy efficiency standards in 2018 with the aim of improving the worst performing buildings in both the domestic and non-domestic sector. From April 2018, landlords of non-domestic private rented sector (PRS) properties have not been permitted to grant a new tenancy or to extend or renew an existing tenancy if their property had an EPC rating of an F or G.

This Government’s preferred trajectory is that landlords of all non-domestic privately rented properties in England and Wales will have to ensure their properties achieve a minimum energy efficiency standard of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) band B by 2030, provided the action required is deemed cost effective by meeting a seven-year payback test.  A fall-back position of EPC band C is also being considered.

Business and Industry are responsible for over a quarter of UK emissions and 52% of the energy is used to heat the buildings they occupy.  Elmhurst therefore welcomes this proposal and, whilst challenging, it is another policy that brings us closer to achieving the Clean Growth Strategy that was published in 2017. We do believe that the installation of energy efficiency measures should be considered on grounds other than cost, including the local environment, climate change, corporate social responsibility, health, wellbeing of employees and business resilience, which we will argue in our response and share with members.

This is a great opportunity for Elmhurst members as the demand for EPCs is bound to rise and their skills as energy efficiency professionals will sought to advise clients on the best route to compliance.

The closure date for the consultation is 7 January 2020.

To read the consultation document click: here 

Article published 21st October 2019

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