This report provides an overview of key regulatory policies, particularly minimum energy standards, that have been used internationally to require energy efficiency improvements to rented properties.
One strategy to address existing buildings is to understand “triggers,” or certain points in an existing building’s life cycle, where there might be other capital improvements to be made, or an opportunity where other types of building regulations are in place and energy efficiency requirements can be added at the same time. The times when there is a change of tenants or some other major occupancy change, is an obvious opportunity to trigger building renovation.
A significant portion of existing commercial and residential buildings are occupied and used by persons other than the building owner, and rented by the building occupants. In some jurisdictions, rental properties are a significant portion of the building stock, for both residential and commercial building occupancies. In many cases, rented properties also house a large portion of lower income residents, and sometimes relative to owner-occupied housing, rental properties are poor quality, insecure, and unaffordable to a large portion of the tenants; high energy costs can add to the affordability challeng
For more information, see the BEET 10 Minimum Energy Standards for Rented Properties - An International Review.