Bite-Size Session: MEES and the EPC - buildings with EPC of F or G are now illegal - London
From 1st April 2018, it is unlawful for landlords to grant a lease extension, renewal or new lease for business and residential properties that does not reach a Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) of an EPC rating of E or above. Construction professionals should act now to avoid the financial and reputational penalties for design and commissioning buildings that are non-compliant.
Chris Hocknell, Technical Director, and Yiota Paraskeva, Building Performance Analysis Consultant, at Eight Associates, will explain how the penalties for non-compliance increase in scale with the length of the breach: For up to three months non-compliance, the maximum penalty is £50,000. For three months or more in breach, the penalty is up to 20% of rateable value, with a maximum penalty of £150,000. Submission of misleading or false information may incur a fixed fine.
With MEES now into effect, F and G rated “substandard” buildings will most likely see their marketability and value affected.
So, what should construction professionals do? Chris will advise how to carry out energy assessments alongside their design and consultancy works to check whether the EPC ratings are correct, identify synergies between improvement measures and undertake the most cost-effective interventions, in the least disruptive manner for the building owner.
The session will be in two parts with a Q&A at the end of each part to allow delegates to discuss any specific issues relating to this legislation.
Eight Associates’ expertise in providing portfolio-wide carbon and energy-saving advice means they can conduct energy assessments and up-to-date EPCs, advise on the upgrades available, with informed pay-back calculations, devise the most cost-effective energy efficiency strategy to close the gap and verify improvement works and provide new EPCs to demonstrate compliance.
About the trainers
Chris is Technical Director at Eight Associates; he specialises in the provision of energy modelling, building analysis and energy strategy consultancy on projects of all scales, with a particular focus non-domestic developments. Chris is a licensed Non Domestic Energy Assessor and a Certified Energy Manager for the Association of Energy Engineers, and has a background in surveying and building services estimating. Chris has a Bachelors degree in Quantity Surveying and a Masters degree in Environmental Technology and Energy Policy from Imperial College London. During his academic studies Chris carried out research projects in lowering the environmental impact of the existing built environment.
Chris’ analytical works focus primarily on consulting to achieve low energy buildings and optimising occupant comfort within buildings. Moreover, he advises on building fabric engineering and design solutions to reduce thermal bridging, heat and ventilation losses and condensation risks. Chris is also responsible for delivering energy-auditing services for existing buildings and providing strategic advice to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Yiota is one of Eight's building performance analysis consultants. Yiota specialises in daylight and energy analysis on domestic and non domestic projects, required for BREEAM and CfSH. She also undertakes SAP and SBEM energy modelling, energy strategies, thermal bridging calculations, dynamic condensation risk analysis, thermal comfort analysis and low and zero carbon feasibility studies. Yiota is particularly passionate about daylight analysis reports and daylight and sunlight impact assessments.
She holds a BSc and an MSc in Architectural Engineering from the University of DUTH in Greece. She gained experience as an architect in Cyprus and then completed an Msc in "Energy Efficient and Environmental Building Design" at Lund University in Sweden.
What did delegates say about previous Bite Size sessions?
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