Energy and sustainability white paper: Energy Act 2011

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This white paper focuses on the Energy Act 2011 which contains provisions to make it unlawful from April 2018 (April 2015 in Scotland) to rent property that does not hit minimum energy efficiency standards. At the moment it is expected that properties will need an Energy Performance Certificate rating of at least E to comply.

Conservative estimates suggest that on this viewing, 20% of commercial properties would not hit the standard required, meaning they would either have to be withdrawn from the market or upgraded to meet the legislation.

Topics covered include:

- Cost of compliance.

- Role of insurance industry.

- Exemptions.

- Energy Performance Certificate analysis by property type.