GDAM Member Peter Philipson of Cedar Professional Services has achieved what is probably the lowest-cost MEES compliance for his client Daler-Rowney. Daler-Rowney is a leading art materials manufacturer based in Bracknell selling a wide range of artist products such as paints, artist surfaces, brushes and a range of accessories.
Daler-Rowney wished to sell a factory unit and instructed Cedar to provide the necessary EPC and Recommendation Report. The result was an asset rating of 126 (F), which meant that any new owner would be unable to let the property due to the MEES Regulations that come into effect on 1st April 2018.
Having identified that there were four rooms fitted with old-style tungsten bulbs, Peter recommended that these should be replaced by low-energy lamps such as CFLs or LEDs. Daler-Rowney duly replaced these at a cost of around £10, the result being an asset rating of 124 (E).
Daler-Rowney did not have a budget for improving the building prior to sale, and were understandably pleased with achieving MEES compliance for only £10.
Gerald Hedges, Wareham Plant Manager said: “We were impressed by Peter’s practical approach to achieving compliance as we did not want to spend money on a building which is to be sold.”
Making improvements to old and often inefficient properties can be very expensive so GDAM has created a new Energy Report that will identify the most sensible and cost-effective ways to improve homes and commercial properties that are in EPC bands F or G, in preparation for the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) legislation in April 2018.
MEES makes it illegal for private landlords to rent out any properties which have an EPC rating lower than E39. MEES is intended to identify properties that are very inefficient and expensive for tenants to heat comfortably. The Energy Report considers all aspects of a building’s fabric, heating and insulation, making recommendations that can improve the property and its level of comfort.
We have already started working with landlords on their properties using the new report, providing unbiased and independent advice. One of these, the Central England Co-operative, came to GDAM after we had worked with them on other energy efficiency programmes. Luke Olly, Energy Efficiency Lead at Central England Co-operative said “The years of experience and extensive knowledge of energy efficiency within buildings, plus the co-operative values of GDAM meant that they were an obvious choice as a partner”.
Dave Green, experienced energy assessor and Finance Director at GDAM said “Working with CEC has allowed us to use the new Energy Report, looking at the building’s fabric but also talking to tenants about how they can save money. We hope this will lead to tenants living in warmer properties without seeing their energy bills rise”.
For more information about GDAM’s Energy Report for homes or commercial buildings please contact GDAM by using the enquiry form at http://gdam.co/contact/