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Software firm selected to handle some MEES exceptions from next month

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has selected a software supplier to handle some of the exceptions to the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards regulation changes coming into effect next week, on April 1.

The company - arbnco - will handle three of the eight exceptions that are to be allowed when the regulations come into effect.

Under MEES a rental property must meet a minimum Energy Performance Certificate rating of E from April 1 when it becomes newly-tenanted; this will extend to all rental properties, irrespective of the tenancy situation, by April 1 2020.

The three exceptions handled by arbnco are: 

- when improvements to a property have a payback period of more than seven years;

- if the property’s EPC is rated below E and where there are no improvements that can be made;

- where all relevant improvements are made and the property remains below an E rating.

“With the legislation coming into force next month, landlords, property managers and their advisers need to ensure they are fully prepared and have an accurate measure of the energy performance of their buildings. The arbn consult software allows you to take an overview of the energy performance and retrofit opportunities across portfolios. We are pleased the government has also recognised this as a helpful tool to identify whether certain buildings qualify for exemption from the legislation” says Stephen Preece, business development director at arbnco.

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