Sustainability

The new MEES regulations are here. So is the right support.

On 1 April The Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) come into force, making it unlawful for a landlord to let or renew a lease on a property if the energy performance certificate (EPC) rating is F or G.

There are exemptions. There are common misunderstandings. And there is a support on hand to review EPCs, at risk properties and landlord and tenant obligations. Like it or not, MEES comes into force on 1 April but with TFT’s help the introduction need not be onerous.

Email us if you would like to discuss your portfolio with one of TFT’s MEES experts.

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TFT’s Thomas Bouriot shortlisted as one of the industry’s Rising Stars

Thomas Bouriot, an Energy and Sustainability Consultant within TFT’s Sustainability Group has been shortlisted within the BPF Rising Star category as part of this Year’s BPF Tomorrow’s Leaders Awards.

The BPF Tomorrow’s Leaders Awards 2017 have been launched for their second year, in partnership with Estates Gazette, to find and celebrate the UK real estate industry’s rising stars.

Thom will find out if he has won the award at the BPF President’s Lunch on 23 May 2017. Good luck, Thom.

Energy and Sustainability team grows at TFT

TFT, independent property and construction consultancy, has made a further strategic appointment in its industry-leading energy and sustainability team.

Chang Zhang Chin, formerly of ChapmanBDSP, joins TFT as an Energy and Sustainability Consultant in the London office.

He is already assisting an institutional investor with a large office refurbishment in south west London where his role is to ensure sustainability targets are secured during the redesign and following developed and technical design phases.

Mat Lown, Partner and Head of Sustainability, TFT, said:

More and more of the most high-profile and well-respected names in UK commercial real estate are turning to TFT for advice and support about energy and sustainability. Chang’s arrival helps TFT to meet an increasing demand for passive energy advice, particularly for the thriving build to rent sector. His expertise in air quality is welcome, too, and adds to TFT’s wellbeing expertise.

TFT’s 2016 Dilapidations Update Seminar

This year’s TFT Dilapidations Update Seminar will be topical, provocative and wide-ranging. Taking a theme of ‘The End of Dilapidations as we know it’, the seminar will consider the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard (MEES), its impact on dilapidations and whether it could wipe out landlords’ claims.

We will look at the new RICS Dispute Resolution Scheme, why its need, how it operates and the likely applications. The seminar will also consider Schedules of Condition and why their use is growing. We will also have a legal perspective from a member of Hogan Lovells’ Real Estate Disputes Team who will look at the current state of dilapidations law and practice and address what the future might hold. TFT speakers will include members of the Dilapidations Working Group and the Sustainability Group.

It will take place on Tuesday, 3rd May at 4pm. Venue will be TFT’s offices at 18 Holborn, London EC1N 2LE.

Aberdeen appoints TFT onto new sustainable development framework

Aberdeen Asset Management has launched a new framework to ensure that all aspects of sustainability are proactively considered for all their major refurbishments and new development projects in the UK.

This initiative forms part of Aberdeen’s global Responsible Property Investment strategy which includes plans to improve the sustainability and energy efficiency across its £19.3bn property portfolio. Tuffin Ferraby Taylor has been appointed onto the framework following a competitive tender process amongst ‘best-in-class’ sustainability experts.

Aberdeen’s strategy aims to ensure that all aspects of sustainability are considered including energy efficiency post occupancy evaluation, health and well being of occupiers, local community engagement and investment. Aberdeen believes that more efficient and better designed buildings, providing tenants with lowered operational costs and improved working environments will enhance further the marketability of its properties, and as a result improve returns for its clients.

This will be a key initiative for Aberdeen’s property business in 2016 and so we are pleased to be part of this framework and to be playing a part in future proofing their portfolio to the benefit of both their investors and occupiers.

Real Value Engineering – The importance of joined up thinking when it comes to sustainability

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Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards Guidance Note

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