The Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Sector) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 will come into force on 1st April 2018. The regulations will herald a significant change for the commercial property market and will impose minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) on property owners.

The backdrop to this change results from UK Government carbon reduction targets. Guidance from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS) indicates that the energy used to power commercial property in the UK amounts to 12% of the UK’s total emissions.