Elmbridge Borough Council, a local governing council in Surrey, recently contracted CSR Sustain to help them meet the minimum energy efficiency requirements and get to grips with MEES compliance.
CSR Sustain is helping a growing number of commercial property owners get to grips with MEES compliance. Elmbridge Borough Council, a local governing council in Surrey, recently contracted CSR Sustain to help them meet the minimum energy efficiency requirements with time to spare.
CSR Sustain assessed the council’s property portfolio against the following energy efficiency:
Elmbridge Borough Council wanted to make sure their portfolio of 150 properties would satisfy a series of fast-approaching energy efficiency compliance deadlines.
Facing patchy information about their building stock and EPC statuses, the council contracted CSR Sustain to carry out a full MEES compliance audit. MEES is designed to incentivise energy efficiency improvements in rented non-domestic buildings. Unless a building is exempt, MEES regulations mean:
Furthermore, an outstanding government consultation indicates that MEES requirements could be tightened in the future. At CSR Sustain, we are forecasting that:
As of Summer 2022, Elmbridge Borough Council achieved 96% compliance against the April 2023 MEES deadline. Working with CSR Sustain, the council has developed firm plans and costings to achieve full compliance ahead of the deadline.
We are continuing to work with them to help advise on potential future compliance deadlines in 2027 and 2030.
Our recommendations about priority improvements have been highlighted in future capital and expenditure plans to help the council meet minimum requirements with time to spare, together with potential exemptions which might apply.