If you missed our 'Green Panel' at the last meeting, view the session in the members area here. A well attended event with a wide range of expert speakers.
The government are proposing to increase the minimum EPC rating for renting a domestic property from E rating to C rating by 2025 for new tenancies and all tenancies by 2028. We wrote a blog post in April about what is next for MEES (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) which covers many of points I shared in the meeting: https://environmentcentre.com/whats-next-for-mees/
Thank you to all of your members who completed our feedback survey. Responses so far have indicated that energy efficiency is very much a concern for landlords, respondents moderately struggle to meet standards, nearly all are aware of MEES, most properties have EPCs of D or C rating, challenges are keeping up to date with changes, getting funding and technical or legal difficulties, the most common concern for tenants is condensation and mould, and the best way to get updates is landlord meetings and independent website and blogs. If you would still like to complete the survey and add to those responses, here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/8WSVXQZ
The event was well attended and there was much interest in all areas – it was obvious that for many, 'heat pumps' were a bit of a mystery, so we will probably need to revisit that area in a future event. But the lack of a pervasive local area plan, with district heating options, proposals to upgrade whole terraces as one and green finance that worked for the PRS and was available for more than a few months was probably the largest take-away from the session.
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