Modelling progress in the energy efficient retrofit in the private rented sector

Lee, T (2018) Modelling progress in the energy efficient retrofit in the private rented sector. In: Second International Conference for Sustainable Design of the Built Environment: Research in Practice, 12-13 September 2018, London. (In Press)

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Abstract

The private rented housing stock in the UK is the least energy efficient sector of the housing market. One of the tools that the government is using to attempt to address this is the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) which came into effect in April 2018. This requires properties to let to achieve a minimum Energy Performance Certificate efficiency rating of E – therefore dwellings that score F or G will no longer be allowed to be let out on new tenancies. The regulations are then being rolled out to existing tenancies in 2020. The government is also consulting on increasing the minimum standard to a C by 2030 or 2035.
This paper examines the housing stock in the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) area and more specifically the Walsall local authority area to identify the extent to which dwellings are at risk of non-compliance with the minimum E standard. It finds that approximately 7.5% of WMCA private rented stock is currently rated band F or G and is therefore at risk of not being lettable or re-lettable by 2020. It further finds that approximately 1% of the stock is unlikely to be able to be cost effectively improved, but currently the government provides exemptions for such properties. The paper also demonstrates that most non-compliant dwellings have the potential to be improved for a cost of less than £2,500, which is the proposed cost ceiling for compliance. It shows that this level of expenditure can be very cost effective with pay back periods of less than 2 years. If the proposed minimum band C rule were to be implemented this would be very problematic for potentially as much as 40% of the rented housing stock.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: K200 Building
Divisions: Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment
Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment > School of Engineering and the Built Environment > Resilient Environments
UoA Collections > REF2021 UoA13: Architecture, Built Environment and Planning
Depositing User: Timothy Lee
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2018 07:01
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2018 07:01
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6224

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