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Minimum energy efficiency standards for existing buildings

The clearest, strongest policy framework to support growth in the market for energy efficiency investments would be the introduction of more comprehensive minimum energy efficiency standards for all existing buildings. However, it is likely that this will remain a politically unacceptable option for some time. Therefore, we need to focus on expanding and strengthening existing standards, whilst at the same time learning from developments in Scotland, where there appears to be greater political will in this area.

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  • MEES: a missed opportunity? By Kelly Greer

    Our Research Director, Kelly Greer, reflects on the publication of guidance on the minimum efficiency standards for homes in the Private Rented Sector. BEIS has finally published the guidance for landlords and local authorities on the minimum level of energy efficiency required to let domestic property under the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015. We welcome the publication of the guidance and the clear message that it sends about the benefits to landlords and tenants of improved energy performance. But we worry that it contains loopholes that will mean that action to eradicate fuel poverty and improve the energy efficiency of properties may not be taken.

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