How to enforce MEES?
In 2019, BEIS launched the Enforcement Pilot study to research the current successfulness of MEES enforcements across the domestic and non-domestic sector. A conscious effort to actually explore this subject is very welcomed in the energy assessment industry and we are very happy to receive the results of the 1 year pilot study and see the launch of Phase 2.
Phase 1 focused on the developing process to identify non-compliant properties and their landlords. Communication and engagement strategies were developed to raise awareness of, and compliance with, the PRS Regulations amongst landlords, tenants and other market players, and enforcement processes were put in place.
In July 2020, BEIS launched Phase 2 of the Enforcement Pilot, which looked at a set of twelve new local authorities to test, develop and refine the findings from the first year of the study, with a focus on the domestic sector. The Government plans to share the findings of the pilot study with all local authorities in England and Wales, in the form of an advisory best-practice toolkit on monitoring compliance and enforcement of MEES in 2021 - with relevant learnings also applied to the non-domestic sector.
Josh Wakeling, Non-Domestic Technical Team Leader says "It’s great to see Government taking enforcement seriously, it is a very important part of the process to ensure people who attempt to not play by the rules are caught. We continue to push for excellence in standards to improve all homes and businesses. Additionally, the development of the new Energy Performance of Buildings register in September 2020 should assist with the issues around data access highlighted in the phase one pilot. The Private Rental Sector Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards have played a pivotal role in moving England's and Wales' building stock towards net zero 2050 targets".