Legal Update: Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme

Changes to Scottish Energy Performance in Building Regulations

Publicity surrounding the introduction of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES), which set a minimum EPC rating of E for leasing of properties from April 2018, has increased significantly in recent months, and rightly so. However, the Scottish Government has chosen to implement a different approach to drive energy performance improvement in buildings.

The Scottish Government has released guidance on the practical implementation of Section 63 of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 relating to the energy performance of existing non-domestic buildings.

The regulations, which come into force on 1 September 2016, require the production of a building specific energy Action Plan on the majority of buildings offered for sale or lease, which exceed 1000m².

The Action Plan, which is based on the output of Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) assessments, must be prepared by an approved Section 63 Advisor. Existing EPC assessors will need to complete further training and development to become approved advisors.

The Action Plan will identify appropriate measures to reduce energy consumption. Official guidance also indicates that the area threshold (currently 1000m2) is likely to drop over time. Following completion of the Action Plan, building owners will be responsible for either the reporting of annual energy use (in the form of a Display Energy Certificates (DEC) in England and Wales) or the implementation of physical improvement measures within a 3.5 year period.

Our EPC assessment team is already working to ensure it can provide Section 63 Advisor support.

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For further information on regulations and requirements please contact Paul Sutcliffe: psutcliffe@evoraglobal.com or 07557 529 104.

Further information is available on – http://www.gov.scot/section63


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Property Firms Vulnerable to MEES Regulations

Only 57% of property firms have assessed the impacts of the upcoming Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) on their portfolios, according to new research conducted by Bilfinger GVA.

The MEES regulations, due to come into force in April 2018, will make it unlawful to let or sublet properties in England & Wales with the two lowest Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) ratings of F and G, posing potential risks to landlords and occupiers alike.

The research also found that 98% of firms believe MEES will lead to increased capital expenditure, while 93% think that it will have an impact on pricing. With such a large proportion of firms who have yet to consider MEES at all, the report will likely act as an alarm bell to the sector, which is otherwise highly engaged with the wider sustainability agenda.

With just under two years to go until the regulations come into effect, fund managers can be well-prepared by assessing their portfolios and addressing risk now. When it comes to acquiring a new property, firms should take a more rigorous approach to the due diligence of the building’s existing EPC, checking its underlying accuracy and quality.

EVORA is perfectly positioned to help commercial real estate firms to understand the risks associated with MEES and to support them in the collation and analysis of their EPC data. Our environmental management software, SIERA, can hold EPCs for an entire portfolio and cleverly model the data to profile MEES risks against rentable income and lease expiry dates.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding MEES, please contact our experts today, who will be happy to advise you on the best course of action.


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EVORA Announces Russ Avery As New Marketing Director

I am delighted to announce that Russ Avery has joined EVORA’s management team as its new Marketing Director. He will be based in our London office in Vauxhall and will be responsible for all of our marketing and communications activities, as we look to significantly increase the building of our brand and our market presence.

Russ joins us from Carbon Credentials, where he held the role of Marketing & Communications Manager for the last four years. Prior to that, Russ worked with SeaWeb, an international ocean conservation communications charity, supporting them to deliver their communications strategy.

Over the last five years, EVORA has grown to be a leading provider of pan-European sustainability solutions to the real estate sector with offices in London, Manchester and Berlin. Our passion and focus to deliver innovative yet practical solutions has seen the development of SIERA, our market-leading sustainability software, as well as a unique energy focused M&E consultancy, delivering resource efficiency and long-term resilience to major property portfolios.

We’re thrilled that Russ has decided to join EVORA at such an exciting phase in our growth. As well as sharing our values and passion for sustainability, Russ brings a real clarity of strategic vision coupled with an ability to tactically deliver, making him a perfect fit for EVORA and he will complement our already strong management team.

“I am delighted to be joining EVORA as Marketing Director at this exciting stage of the company’s growth,” says Russ. “I’m eager to build upon the strong foundation that has been laid by Chris, Paul, Ed and the rest of the team over the last five years.

I look forward to helping EVORA to expand its work in both the UK and Europe, leveraging relationships with existing clients and partners alike in order to continue helping commercial real estate firms to exploit the many benefits of being a sustainable business. I’m particularly excited about marketing SIERA, our excellent sustainability management software, which has thus far been an inadvertently well-kept secret!

I hope that those already familiar with EVORA will see a step change in the way we communicate and market our brand, and that those in the commercial real estate sector who have not yet heard of us quickly become aware of our industry-leading consultancy services and software solution.” 

Russ can be contacted on 020 3326 7333 and ravery@evoraglobal.com


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