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Developing an Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing

Developing an Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing

Monday, June 25, 2012

ISBN: 9781780458847

This consultation follows on from 'Homes Fit for the 21st Century: The Scottish Government's Strategy and Action Plan for Housing in the Next Decade: 2011-2020', which made a commitment to consult on a new social housing standard requiring higher levels of energy by 2020.

Executive Summary

This consultation seeks views on the proposed Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) to further improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Scotland. The consultation proposes setting a minimum EPC rating (the Environmental Impact rating) which all social rented housing should meet by 2020. The rating will vary depending on the house type and source of fuel to heat the dwelling, so a mid-floor flat with gas central heating will be expected to reach a higher rating than an end-terraced house with electric storage heaters.

The aim of the standard is to build on the achievements of the SHQS and to help tackle Climate Change and fuel poverty. The consultation also proposes setting higher standards to be met beyond the initial 2020 deadline. The financial sustainability of social landlords remains a key consideration.

The EESSH is part of the wider Sustainable Housing Strategy which is subject to a parallel consultation.