New standard of energy efficiency launched to further reduce bills for low income households
The Scottish Government has set a new standard to further improve the energy efficiency of homes in the social housing sector.
Initially set in 2014, the first Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) aimed to be achieved by 2020 with 80% of social rented homes are already compliant.
A new standard, launched yesterday, will build on this success and sets an even higher standard of energy efficiency for social housing to meet by 2032.
EESSH set a standard based on the minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating (broadly EPC Band C or D depending on property and fuel type). Under EESSH2, all social housing meets, or can be treated as meeting, EPC Band B (Energy Efficiency rating), or is as energy efficient as practically possible, by the end of December 2032 and within the limits of cost, technology and necessary consent.
The Scottish Government has also announced £17.6 million loan funding to support householders in 2019-20 to make their homes more energy efficient.
Last year, 15,000 Scottish households saved more than £4.6m on fuel bills as a result of energy efficiency measures installed through the government’s schemes, such as insulation, double glazing and heating controls.
Housing minister Kevin Stewart said: “A warm, safe home gives people a greater sense of wellbeing and saves them money.
“Importantly, by achieving the new standard social landlords will reduce poor energy efficiency to reach our fuel poverty targets and contribute to achieving the Scottish Government’s ambitious climate change emissions reductions targets.
“Social landlords are making excellent progress towards achieving the first energy efficiency milestone and I am confident that they will continue to lead the way in making our homes warmer and greener.
“The additional £3.5m funding provided through the second round of the Decarbonisation Fund will help further landlords’ progress, encouraging innovative approaches and ideas.”