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Home / News and Insights / Blogs / Real Estate / 214: Minimum energy efficiency standards – lettings of commercial buildings must achieve EPC rating B by 2030

The government has published a further consultation for implementation of the proposal that all privately leased commercial premises have a rating of EPC ‘B’ by 2030.

At the moment, the MEES requirement is that all rented commercial property must have an EPC rating of D or above. The average EPC rating for currently rented commercial property is estimated at D.

The latest 2021 consultation is seeking views on implementation of the target of rating B for all lettings of commercial property with a focus on:

  • phasing in the requirement with an interim milestone of achieving a rating C by 1 April 2027;
  • ultimate target of all rented commercial premises achieving a rating B by 1 April 2030;
  • moving away from enforcement at the point of letting and seeking to ensure landlords have a valid EPC at all times;
  • introducing a compliance window approach designed to simplify compliance and enforcement; and
  • ensuring that the policy can actually be delivered in practice.

The consultation closes 9 June 2021 and can be found here.

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