Peter Williams, newly-appointed head of the real estate professional support lawyer (PSL) team at Shoosmiths LLP, will be one of the key technical speakers at the RICS Dilapidations Forum Conference in London on 30 September.
His specialist topic will be the new Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES) which comes into effect in 2018 and is already a key concern for owners of commercial property. The new regulations, which form part of the government's wider commitment to reducing carbon emissions and raising standards of energy efficiency, will require properties to achieve minimum levels of energy efficiency before they can be let.
Peter's talk will examine the original 'no upfront cost' proposals, as well as defining which types of property are affected, and exploring the scope of the energy efficiency improvements that will need to be carried out to make buildings compliant. Peter will also be explaining the complex exemption provisions and sanctions for non-compliance.
Commenting on the changes, Peter said: 'Unless they start to prepare well in advance of 2018, owners may find that they are acting unlawfully in failing to achieve the prescribed minimum energy efficiency standard. As with all new regulation, it pays for potentially affected landowners to be prepared, and understand the new requirements fully in the context of their own portfolios.'
Peter is a member of the editorial committees of Landlord & Tenant Review and Landlord and Tenant Reports (both published by Thomson Reuters) and a member of the Consultation Board of the property section of Practical Law. He was also a member of the working party that advised DECC on the implementation of the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard in relation to commercial properties under the Energy Act 2011.
He writes and lectures for various organisations including Estates Gazette, Landlord & Tenant Review, the Commercial Real Estate Legal Association (CRELA), Professional Conferences and the RICS CPD Foundation. He is also a member of the working party that drew up the Model Commercial Lease and he is responsible for maintenance of the Model Commercial Lease website.
More details on the RICS Dilapidations Forum Conference 2015 are available here.