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Consultation on minimum energy efficiency standards for non-domestic buildings

By Hilary Rushby

Improvements will have to be made to some commercially let premises in order to meet minimum energy efficiency standards starting from 1 April 2018. The government is consulting on the detail of the proposed regulations.


  1. Why is legislation necessary?
  2. Powers in the Energy Act 2011
  3. What is the scope of the non-domestic regulations?
  4. Which buildings are not affected?
  5. When will the rules come into force?
  6. Which types of transactions are affected?
  7. If a property is caught, what has to be done?
  8. Who will bear the cost of improvements?
  9. Exemptions
  10. Minimum energy efficiency standards and the contents of a commercial lease
  11. Enforcement
  12. Forward trajectory
  13. What should landlords be doing now to prepare?
  14. Consultation — next steps

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