Coordinating MEES pilot schemes across England

Helping landlords fulfil their obligations to their tenants

Project duration: October 2018 ongoing

CSE is co-ordinating seven pilot studies that will look at how landlords of rented domestic properties are implementing the new new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) regulations.

The work is being undertaken on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy who commissioned the pilot studies across seven English local authorities as part of their analysis of how effective the new MEES regulations are in practice for the Private Renter Sector.

The new regulations state that all rented properties with a new or renewed tenancy must have an EPC rating of at least E, and this will be extended to all rented domestic properties from 1 April 2020 and to all non-domestic properties from 2023. The government's intention when commissioning the seven pilots was to better understand the issues around enforcement to improve implementation and help future policy making.

Martin Holley, will oversee the project coordination, gathering insights for BEIS and ensuring their anticipated outcomes are achieved and liaising between each pilot and BEIS’ Home Energy Retrofit Team. CSE will:

  • Design and set up reporting requirements and data capture for monitoring processes so as to draw out learnings.
  • Lead learning workshops, including introductory and mid-point workshops. CSE will facilitate pilot reviews, shared learning and exploration.
  • Co-ordinate monthly meetings with each of the pilots to review progress and share learning and insight into successes and challenges.
  • Monitor each pilot, highlighting problems and challenges that emerge and any remedial action taken to inform future policy.
  • Write mid- and end-point reports analysing the activity, outputs and lessons from each pilot.

As a separate activity, CSE is also running one of the pilots alongside Bristol City Council, Shelter and CHAS Housing Advice Service (Bristol).

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