This guide is intended to help you, as a social landlord, understand Energy Efficient Scotland, how to get involved in our consultations and the steps you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your property. We want your opinion and encourage you to take part our consultations by submitting your response through the Scottish Government's Citizen Space using the link at the bottom of this page.
What is Energy Efficient Scotland?
Energy Efficient Scotland is the Scottish Government's energy efficiency improvement programme. It will run over the next 20 years and remove poor energy efficiency as a driver of fuel poverty and reduce carbon emissions. Energy Efficient Scotland will ensure that our homes and buildings are warmer, greener and more efficient. To do so, the Programme will put in place a framework of standards for energy efficiency, based on Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs), and make available a range of support, including advice and financial assistance.
What does Energy Efficient Scotland mean for Social Landlords?
The social rented sector has some of the most energy efficient homes in Scotland, with over 90% already achieving an EPC Band D or above.
Social Landlords will need to meet the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) by 2020 which requires them to improve their housing stock to EPC D or C. We want to build on this success and are consulting separately on proposals to maximise the number of social rented homes achieving EPC Band B by 2032. We also propose that no social home should be let after 2025 if it is below band D. We are seeking your views on these proposals and encourage you to take part in the consultations by following the links at the bottom of this page.
What measures can Social Landlords take?
Some energy efficiency measures which could be implemented include: loft insulation, introducing renewable energy sources, improved glazing and wall insulation. You can see an example list of energy efficiency measures you could install in our Energy Efficient Scotland user guide: energy efficiency measures.
What support is available?
The Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS) loan scheme for registered social landlords provides loans of up to £1 million to help social landlords carry out energy saving improvements for their housing stock. You may also be eligible for roof and wall insulation funding through the UK Government's Energy Company Obligation (ECO). Social landlords looking for advice or ideas on how you could improve energy efficiency should also consult the Green Network for Social Housing. Advisors at Home Energy Scotland also offer free and impartial advice which can be accessed by calling 0808 808 2282.
If you are spending a significant proportion of your income on energy bills, you can contact Home Energy Scotland (0808 808 2282) to find out what support is available to help you improve the energy efficiency of your property.
- Energy Efficient Scotland route map
- Energy Efficient Scotland consultation
- Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing consultation
Download the full user guide below
Phone: 0131 244 4000
Energy and Climate Change Directorate
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