Home Energy Efficiency Programmes - Energy Efficient Scotland: delivery report 2018 to 2019

Sixth annual summary report of the HEEPS programme which includes the outcomes achieved from the 2018-2019 programme and an overview of cumulative progress since 2013.

Section 1: HEEPS Area Based Schemes (HEEPS:ABS)

HEEPS: Area Based Schemes (HEEPS:ABS)

In line with recommendations from the Fuel Poverty Forum, the majority of Scottish Government's budget for fuel poverty and energy efficiency programmes is directed at Area Based Schemes (HEEPS: ABS).

Delivery (HEEPS:ABS)

The Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland: Area Based Schemes (HEEPS: ABS) are designed and delivered by Local Authorities, in combination with utility companies and local delivery partners. It is primarily an insulation programme delivering solid wall and hard-to-treat cavity wall insulation.

Each Local Authority is expected to use a range of sources of information to target households that meet the criteria: properties within the LA area with the lowest levels of energy efficiency and/or highest levels of fuel poverty.

Enabling funding is provided to local authorities to assist in developing schemes, engage with householders and to contribute towards the cost of scaffolding etc.

HEEPS:ABS funding often 'unlocks' larger mixed tenure schemes where a mix of social and private sector properties are involved. Local authorities provide information updates to the Scottish Government as the programmes progress.

Large numbers of households receiving cavity wall insulation live in properties deemed hard-to-treat.(HTT) This means that they cannot be filled using the same methods as standard cavity walls.

HTT properties typically have narrower cavities, are of non-traditional construction or are more than three storeys high. These features add to the complexity and cost of carrying out work of this nature. 975 measures (79%) of cavity wall insulation carried out through HEEPS:ABS during 2018/2019 was for HTT properties.

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Measures Delivered By Area Based Schemes 2018 / 2019

Solid Wall Insulation

Cavity Wall Insulation

Internal Wall Insulation

Other Insulation

Loft Insulation


External Wall (Park Home)

Total Measures

Total Households



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