Updates on Policy and Codes - SPACES Study Day 2018

By Erin O'Brien on Friday 17 August 2018

IES sponsored and exhibited at SPACES Study Day 2018 in Manchester in June. The theme of the event was Collaboration in the Public Sector. Throughout the day the event explored the relevance and importance of ‘Collaborative Working’ and how it enables all parties involved on a project to efficiently and effectively deliver client outcomes, including value for money from different perspectives. 

Bruce Elrick, Consultancy Operations Manger at IES, presented on the key changes to BREEAM 2018, specifically Ene01 where there is now a requirement to undertake predicted operational energy consumption (POEC) modelling at both design and construction stages. It remains to be seen how the industry will react to the change but there are now a further 4 credits available if additional energy modelling is performed. It is a small step in the right direction but whether the message is clear enough is still to be seen.

Bruce also spoke about the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) which came into force in April 2018 with the intention of preventing landlords granting new leases or renewing existing for commercial properties with a rating of F or worse. This may well equate to 20% of E&W building stock. Fines can be up to £150,000. We have already started to see projects where the building owner is investigating the status of their building’s EPC and considering substantial renovation dependent on the energy modelling prediction.

Take a look at Bruce's presentation slides below.