Government urged to mandate energy efficiency in home sales  

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) is urging the Government to take action and implement vital Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) for homes claiming the move is crucial to reduce emissions, increase energy security and permanently lower bills. 

The Association for Decentralised Energy (ADE) is urging the Government to require energy efficiency standards for homes at the point of sale.

The trade association, representing more than 160 organisations, has published a new report calling on policymakers to introduce regulations for 2026 that would require properties to meet minimum energy efficiency standards when sold.  

A range of green financing options being available will enable homeowners to make the necessary upgrades. The ADE believes a further round of more advanced measures should be introduced in 2029 if initial regulation is successful. 

The Government’s Heat and Building Strategy aims for most of the UK’s 17 million inefficient homes to be upgraded with energy efficiency by 2035, two-thirds of which are in the owner-occupied sector, a sector which has seen little progress to date. 

Target will not be met 

The ADE warns that this target will not be met unless the Government sets out clear regulatory standards, which will encourage upgrades that benefit homeowners, create jobs, support growth and drive investment in energy efficiency. 

Chris Friedler, energy efficiency policy manager at the ADE, said: “Implementing minimum energy efficiency standards on households at the point of sale will have a transformative impact on gas usage in the UK, thereby tackling climate change, enhancing energy security, and reducing bills.

“Moreover, the inclusion of green finance measures will empower households, requiring no upfront payments and with cost caps removing risk. 

“The ADE is deeply committed to trailblazing innovative ideas to take the essential energy efficiency measures we urgently need to the next level. Energy efficiency represents an affordable pathway to achieving net zero targets.

“It is crucial for the government to actively support an energy system that accelerates the rapid transition towards modern, energy efficient buildings – by doing so, it can ensure a sustainable and prosperous future for all.”