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MEES: a guide to the minimum energy efficiency standard for commercial buildings A guide for landlords, investors, developers and lenders on the new legal standard for minimum energy efficiency and requirement for EPCs.

Sep 14
, 2017 By ACI Reports

From April 2018, a new legal standard for minimum energy efficiency will apply to rented commercial buildings. The new legal standard brings threats and opportunities for landlords, freehold investors, developers and lenders. Importantly, actions are needed in respect of obtaining and understanding the EPC grades of building stock.

Our briefing explains how the new legal standard will work, the impact it will have on landlords, freehold investors and lenders, the penalties for non-compliance and steps that you should take now to prepare.

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Government adopt targets to slash greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 – proof that Brexit will not affect UK drive on Climate Change.

Jun 30
, 2016 By ACI Reports

The Scottish Government has now published new rules aimed at improving the energy efficiency of commercial properties.

These draft regulations – the Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-Domestic Buildings (Scotland) – are scheduled to come into force on September 1, this year.

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New Scottish Energy Regulations could hit finances for commercial property owners North of the border.

Feb 20
, 2016 By ACI Reports

The Scottish Government has now published new rules aimed at improving the energy efficiency of commercial properties.

These draft regulations – the Assessment of Energy Performance of Non-Domestic Buildings (Scotland) – are scheduled to come into force on September 1, this year.

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Beware of the EPC requirements on commercial buildings, just around the corner.

Oct 25
, 2015 By JP

Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) are due to be introduced by Government legislation from 2018 (new leases including lease renewals), and from 2023 for all existing leases, and it will have a major effect on the markets.

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Independence in TM44 Reporting – don’t make it an issue for you!

Oct 25
, 2015 By JE

ACI Reports have been warning building owners for years that the EPBD Regulations call for all TM44 Reports to be undertaken in an “independent manner” which is fairly obvious if you think about it.

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MMES) for non-domestic buildings are just around the corner.

May 14
, 2014 By JD

In 2018, less than 3 years from now, the MMES Legislation will come into force, like it or not. The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard has been set at an EPC Grade E and any large building portfolio operator who ignores this is heading for trouble, say ACI Reports. The final enactment of the MMES Legislation commenced in March 2015 and will introduce a restriction in England and Wales on letting properties that do not meet the minimum requirements. Landlords are going to be forced to improve their properties upon lease renewal or upon signing a new lease.

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Feb 12
, 2014 By JD

EThe new regulations (including EPC ratings) that make it illegal for landlords to rent out the most energy inefficient buildings from April 2018 have now been presented to Parliament and Landlords better make sure that they have buildings with a minimum performance grade of an EPC E say ACI Reports.

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Government Pushes ESOS - Ed Davey addresses ESOS at London Roadshows.

Dec 08
, 2014 By JD

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has this week guaranteed businesses’ energy audits will go to “the people who need to hear it”.

Speaking to businesses at one of the Energy Saving Opportunities Scheme (ESOS) roadshows in London, he said the audits will be seen by board members.

He said: “One of the whole purposes of ESOS is to try to give the information to the people who need to hear it.

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How do I find a suitable ESOS Lead Assessor? – update at September 2014

Sep 22
, 2014 By JD

As at September 2014 none are properly qualified, despite what is being touted around the internet, the training courses are not fully set yet and the TM (Technical Manual) has not been released by the Environment Agency, so the courses cannot know the detail of what is required. Talk to Chris Rodgers at ACI Reports and we will give you facts and proposed dates for launch.

Who’s going to carry out my ESOS audit?  

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Large organisations - prepare yourself for a stack of energy policies which only seems to lengthen – the new ESOS scheme is about to bite!

Sep 10
, 2014 By JD

ADECS, CRC, EU ETS, CCAs, TM44s, Energy Act 2018 and now ESOS – that’s a lot of Legislation to get your head round!

Each of these schemes calls for an understanding of energy consumption in some form or other. But with ISO 50001 being recognised internationally as the best practice method for managing energy, having a certified EnMS will put you in a great position to comply with these and any other future schemes. Its expensive though, and on-going. ACI Reports cuts through all that complex stuff to make things simple, reports Jack Davies.  

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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced the results of its consultation for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS).

Jul 10
, 2014 By JE

ACI can report that on 27th June, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has announced the results of its consultation for the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), which includes using registered lead energy assessors, which ACI Reports can provide. ESOS is the UK’s way to implement Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, and introduces mandatory energy audits for non-SMEs. ESOS is expected to result in cost benefits of £1.6bn to the 9,400 participating businesses.  

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ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme) Update;     

Jun 20
, 2014 By JE

We at ACI Reports have previously made our clients aware of potentially significant legislation changes with regard to energy monitoring and use, the ESOS (Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme 2015). This piece of legislation is gathering pace fast, and this short news update follows latest ESOS developments;

We also provide below a commentary on potential issues and concerns on implementation, in addition to our TM44 and EPC work, all of which is starting to become connected. Green Deal Assessments on commercial buildings will also affect the enterprises caught by ESOS. We can undertake Green Deal Assessments for commercial buildings if required.   

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ESOS gears up for Assessor Accreditation, ACI Reports advises Clients     

Apr 15
, 2014 By JE

The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (‘ESOS’) is a new regulation being introduced to comply with Article 8 of the European Energy Efficiency Directive and will come into force in 2014. In line with Article 8 of the Directive, the scheme will require all large enterprises in the UK to undertake energy efficiency audits by December 2015, and thereafter at least once every four years. Details of the Government’s proposals were published in a Consultation Document in July 2013 as monitored by ACI Reports, who will be training staff Assessors as soon as training criteria is established. 

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ACI Reports Ltd sees increasing interest in the ESOS The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme, EPBD Regulations coming into force in 2014 and 2015   

Apr 09
, 2014 By JD

Before 5 December 2015 every large enterprise in the UK will, by law, have to undertake an energy audit, an ESOS audit. This ESOS audit will then have to be repeated every four years. The law itself is the UK bringing into force Article 8 of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, itself part of the EPBD. 

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Further sudden increase in compliance activity surrounding TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments. 

Mar 118
, 2014 By JD

As a follow up to ACI Reports disclosing the activities between Sterling Accreditation and DCLG yesterday, whereby DCLG have asked for disclosure of Trading Standards offices who are not enforcing the EPBD legislation, further correspondence has now come to light. We attach a letter from Sterling to Trading Standards offices, which is a Freedom of Information request (FOI).

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Step change in TM44 Compliance – DCLG to put pressure on Trading Standards towards ramping up compliance action. 

Mar 17
, 2014 By JD

ACI Reports have on 12th March had sight of a letter between an Accreditation Body who represent the Government (DCLG) and DCLG themselves, regarding ACIRs (Air Conditioning Inspection Reports).

A copy of the letter is attached to this bulletin and we note that it states “If there is evidence that any local weights and measures authority is electing not to enforce the Energy Performance of Building (England and Wales) Regulations 2012, including those regarding air conditioning reports, then they may be in breach of their statutory duty, and at risk of judicial review”.

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New 2014 Part L Building Regulations focus on Sustainability and Air Conditioning Legislation toughens 

Feb 24
, 2014 By JD

ACI Reports compliance division has long informed its Clients that the TM44 is only part of what will occur in the strengthening of Regulations on air conditioning, amongst other things. This bulletin deals with recent 2014 Part L Building Regulation changes which will affect Design Stage EPCs shortly, and as specialists in Air Conditioning Legislation in addition to EPC solutions, we are always ready to supply up to date information. The Governments target is Zero Carbon Buildings.

Changes to Part L of the Building Regulations April 2014 have now taken place, and this is part of the significant move to Zero Carbon Buildings. . There is now a target of 9% improvement on Part L 2010 for commercial buildings. The Government also announced that it would shortly be consulting on the next steps to Zero Carbon Homes and also on delivering Allowable Solutions.

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The  British Retail Consortium proposals for the UK business rates system to be linked to energy usage. 

Feb 24
, 2014 By JD

The British Retail Consortium has last week produced proposals for the complete reform of the UK business rates system. These options could ensure that customers continue to benefit from competition, provide positive incentives for retailers to invest in property, support the regeneration of the high street and create more jobs. ACI Reports see this as more support for the Government to ensure compliance through EPCs and TM44 Air Conditioning Assessments.

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The British Retail Consortium (BRC) launch targets; their report includes a pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 25 per cent by 2020. 

Feb 10 2014 By JE

Other new targets include a commitment to cut emissions from refrigeration gases by 8 per cent by 2020.

The report details the new set of targets and commitments on environmental sustainability to 2020. Signatories are committed to the targets which represent half of UK Retail businesses, by turnover.

The BRC said UK retailers had made “significant progress” in reducing their impact on the environment. She said: “Retailers will continue to keep this momentum going: they recognise that it makes business sense and delivers real environmental benefits as well as value for their customers.”

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The UK Energy Bill has become law after being given the seal of approval by the Queen today, 18th December 2013

Dec 18th 2013 By JE

The Energy Bill will reshape the UK electricity market and attract £110 billion of investment through the Electricity Market Reform (EMR) by 2020. It will also enable the Government to set a 2030 decarbonisation target for the power sector and help deploy the projects needed to meet the target of generating 15% of energy from renewables by 2020. The Energy Bill is in addition to other European Directives which have become law in the UK under the European Performance of Buildings Directive since 2008.

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European Energy Audit Standards based on EN 16247 get ever closer

Oct 27th 2013 By JE

ACI Reports have been tracking the EN 16247 European Energy audit standards for some time now as it is a market that they will be entering; providing a national team of auditors to meet the standards. This perfectly compliments our highly trained Engineers already working on Air Conditioning Assessments and Energy Audits. The EN 16247 is now nearing completion, Part 1 based on the carrying out of an Energy Audit was published in late 2012 and is cited in the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, so it will be here for the long term.

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Energy Audits and the European Energy Efficiency Directive – now 12 months in force

Oct 10th, 2013 By JP  

The European Energy Efficiency Directive was bought in during November 2012 and is slowly creeping up on those who are unaware of it. This introduction Paper is to provide headlines. If you need further information, contact ACI Reports, it could be an important call if you run a national business such as a retailer.

One of the key Articles of the Directive is Article 8 and requires each government in the European Union to introduce a programme of regular energy audits in every large enterprise. These audits cover every aspect of any business that consumes energy. Businesses caught up in this Legislation may require ACI Reports to provide information on the building aspect side of things, perhaps a benchmark EPC for starters.

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Watch Out for the Energy Efficiency Directive 2014 - It might Catch You Out

Sep 27th, 2013 By JE

The European Commission's proposals for energy efficiency –update on how building owners/operators will be affected. The Energy Efficiency Directive explained; by ACI Reports Ltd.

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Commercial Building owners beware, Chris Rodgers of ACI Reports, an expert in compliance, advises on risk for Landlords under legislation and provisions of the Energy Act 

Sep 11th, 2013 By CR

All commercial properties are affected by Landlord and Tenant legal obligations under the Energy Act 2011 and recent changes to The Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations. Landlords and Tenants should be aware of what they face in the near future.

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EPBD Recast for 2013, which applies from 9th January 2013

Sep 1st, 2013 By CR

ACommercial premises in England and Wales which currently have an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) will be required to display this publicly under a change to the Energy Performance of Buildings Regulations from 9th January 2013. The change will apply to all 'non-dwellings' over 500 square meters in size which are frequently visited by the public. However, businesses will not be forced to obtain an EPC if one is not already available.

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New Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS). 

Jul 22nd, 2013 By CR

Proposals for new energy saving assessments for larger firms in the UK have now been published by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC). These assessments, required by the new Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), will enable companies to identify opportunities to save money on energy bills through improved energy efficiency. Under the scheme, which is being developed as part of the UK’s implementation of the EU Energy Efficiency Directive, large enterprises will be required to undertake ESOS assessments to identify cost-effective ways to invest in energy efficiency, helping reduce energy bills and increase competitiveness.

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Energy standards for letting buildings under the Energy Act 2011 – commercial property

26th, 2013 By JP

DThe Energy Act 2011 will implement a scheme that makes it unlawful for private landlords of both commercial and residential properties to lease them out unless they have an EPC energy rating of at least an E, but very possibly a D unless the landlord has carried out the maximum package of measures that can be funded under the new Green Deal. This scheme will be brought line in April 2018 at the latest. DECC has said that the requirement is subject to there being no upfront financial costs to landlords. Therefore landlords will have fulfilled the requirement if they have either reached an EPC rating of E, or carried out the maximum package of measures that can be funded under the Green Deal (even if this does not take the building up to an E rating).

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How will the Energy Act 2018 affect you in 2013 and beyond?

May 12th, 2013 By CR

There are a number of key measures included in the new Act, the measure that will greatly affect larger Landlords is one which our forward thinking clients are dealing with now, before it becomes a crisis.

The Energy Act includes provisions that will affect the private rented sector – both residential and commercial. From April 2016, private residential landlords will be unable to refuse a tenant’s reasonable request for consent to energy efficiency improvements to a property, where a finance package such as the Green Deal and/or the Energy Company Obligation is available.

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Landmark raise lodgement rate costs 

Mar 19th, 2013 By JP

As of 6th April 2013, Landmark, the Government Body who manage the on-line EPC/DEC/TM44 database, have raised the cost of Lodgements by just under £7.00. Whilst this rise, on the face of it, is not significant, ACI Reports undertake portfolios of properties running into the thousands and this can quickly add up. For those Portfolio owners who have not committed to TM44 inspections already, this will add further to the burden.

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Energy Act 2011, the effect of EPCs and important actions to take

10th, 2013 By JP

DECC is looking seriously into the impact of new rules that will prohibit the letting of properties that fail to meet minimum energy standards through the Energy Performance Certificate from 2018, when the Energy act comes into full force. ACI Reports are already seeing clients taking action, particularly in the Shopping Centre market. The Energy Act 2011 outlaws, from 1st April 2018, the letting of properties with F and G rated Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs).

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HSE commence site checks on Legionella in Scotland – don’t get caught out with no TM44; you would be breaking the Law 

7th, 2013 | By Neil

The HSE and local authorities are carrying out visits and inspections to companies with cooling towers in the west of Scotland to ensure they are managing legionella risks appropriately. TM44 legislation also comes in to play in January 2013 (in Scotland) and whilst it is the remit of Trading Standards to issue fines, any check by HSE could very well include the request to see a TM44. Any company with Air Conditioning over 12kw per building must have an Air conditioning Inspection undertaken to comply with the law.

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European Legislation tightens further 

7th, 2012 | By Chris

Throughout Europe the EPBD and related Legislation is continuing to tighten, with increasing pressure from Brussels on the need for all Member States to strengthen their resolve in tackling Climate Change.

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TM44 European Directive toughens up on conflict of interest "Independant Experts"  

Sept 15th, 2012 | By Chris |Category: Air Conditioning Inspections

There has been long running confusion in the Air Conditioning Inspection market as to who can undertake an Assessment, some Air Conditioning maintenance contractors have been offering to undertake surveys for their retained clients; we at ACI Reports have always sent out the message that this is a clear conflict of interest and does not meet the requirements of the EPBD legislation, which originally stated that the Assessments should be undertaken in an “independent manner”. The legislation is becoming more strict and earlier this year a re-draft was issued. For the benefits of all potential ACI clients we state below what the re-draft actually says, interestingly the words “Independent Experts” have now been given over to a specific paragraph in the re-draft;

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CLG have announced Mandatory lodgement of TM44 air conditioning reports will come into force from 6st April 2012.

Oct 20th, 2011 | By JP

After delays CLG (Communities and Local Government) has announced mandatory lodgements of TM44 air conditioning inspection reports will come in to force from 6th April 2012.

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CLG Toughening up of Accreditation Scheme Audit Processes.

October 10th, 2011 | By Chris

ECMK, Sterling and Stroma , all top Accreditation schemes for EPCs, DECs and ACIs have all been informing ACI Reports how the Government Inspectors are toughening up their audit processes as part of the EPB legislation. Continued pressure means that it will be harder to qualify, CPD in the compliance sector will be more stringent and audit processes within the Accreditation schemes will be pored over by CLG.

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Use of data Gatherers in air conditioning inspections is prohibited.

May 16th, 2011 | By JP

CLG (Communities and Local Government) announced on the 16th of May that the use of data Gatherers in air conditioning inspections is immediately banned. At ACI reports, we are delighted to see this ban as we had come across companies with one or two qualified assessors signing off reports from head office without visiting site. Trading standards and the CLG will now not stand for this practice and clients will now be ensured that they get a professional outcome in their TM44 report.

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