2. Setting the long term standard
2.1. When we consulted on the Programme in January 2017 there was a clear consensus that setting long term targets should provide clarity on requirements and a clear direction of travel. Through the Routemap, we are now proposing a long term standard for all residential properties at Energy Performance Certificate ( EPC) C by 2040. To support our fuel poverty targets we are proposing a more ambitious, non-statutory, target for those households in fuel poverty, with a standard of EPC C by 2030 and EPC B by 2040. Within the setting of a common standard for all residential properties we will work to build on the existing Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing ( EESSH) to set new milestones.
2.2. For non-domestic properties we will build on current regulations made under the Climate Change (Scotland) Act, with a view that all non-domestic buildings are assessed and improved to the extent this is technically feasible and cost effective by 2040. Following further research, we will consult on the setting of a long-term standard for non-domestic buildings in 2019.