February 27, 2018

The minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) come into force on 1 April 2018, but industry insiders are divided on how much impact the changes will have on the buy-to-let (BTL) sector.

The MEES require owners of privately rented property to achieve at least an E on th...

February 25, 2018

It’s time to get EPC savvy

WHETHER you’re a homeowner, landlord or a tenant, you’ll have almost certainly heard of Energy Performance Certificates, or EPCs.

Much like the stickers you’ll find on domestic white goods and car tyres, an EPC provides an indication of the cur...

February 23, 2018

Buy-to-let lenders are not ready for new energy efficiency laws that may put the brakes on new business.

The regulations – which come into force on April 1 – make it illegal for landlords to start new tenancies without the property having an Energy Performance Certifica...

February 23, 2018

Bristol City Council’s cabinet member for housing has revealed that the local authority is expecting to significantly beat both its target for building new homes and its target for building affordable homes in the next two years.

Speaking at Insider’s South West Propert...

February 22, 2018

Industry body Energy UK says government plans to improve energy efficiency in the private rented sector do not go far enough.

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) scheme, aimed at improving properties for vulnerable tenants in cold homes and to cut carbon...

Swedish furniture giant Ikea has partnered with a collective energy switching firm to encourage households to sign-up to a 100 per cent renewable tariff.

Ikea is not launching a tariff, rather nudging people to switch to a greener energy supplier, joining forces with th...

February 20, 2018

An online letting agent has defended its failure to display EPC ratings on some of its Rightmove listings, after EYE uncovered several examples of properties for which no rating was displayed, some of which had been on the market for months.

A reader contacted EYE...

February 19, 2018

On 7 February 2018, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) laid regulations to implement reforms to both the Domestic and Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) schemes before parliament.

Summary of changes

  • Removal of wood fuel dryi...

February 19, 2018

Thousands of commercial properties could have an actual EPC rating lower than currently recorded 

New data suggests even those buildings with a compliant 'E' rating may actually be in breach of new legislation entering into force in April 

There are thousands of commerci...

February 16, 2018

Energy efficiency standards have fallen in almost one-fifth of commercial properties ahead of major new legislation arriving in April.

it is estimated that up to £130bn of the UK commercial market could be at risk of Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) non-complia...

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