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Clifford Chance

Clifford Chance


New Performance-Based Energy Efficiency Ratings for buildings and changes to Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards - 10 Key Questions

22 March 2021

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched two new major consultations on building energy performance. The documents represent a step change in action on energy efficiency for buildings aimed at helping to meet the UK's 'net zero by 2050' target. In addition to proposals for a new energy efficiency performance-based ratings system (initially) for offices, there are proposals for implementation of the rise in the non-domestic Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) for leasing of buildings, and changes to how the MEES mechanism functions. Responses to the consultations should be received by 9 June 2021. Here we answer 10 key questions on the consultations.

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