Scottish social housing to be more energy efficient

Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart has announced that people who rent their homes will get warmer and cheaper-to-heat housing as a result of major Scottish Government investment.

Technology, such as underfloor heating, ground source heat pumps and solar panels, will be installed to reduce the carbon footprint of almost 900 social rented properties, backed by £3 million of funding secured through the second round of the Decarbonisation Fund.

Stewart said: “A warm, energy efficient home means cheaper energy bills for tenants as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Last year 15,000 Scottish households saved more than £4.6 million on fuel bills as a result of energy efficiency measures installed through the Scottish Government’s schemes, such as insulation, double glazing and heating controls.

“This funding will support our work to remove poor energy efficiency as a driver of fuel poverty, as well as helping meet our climate change targets. Social landlords are making excellent progress towards achieving the first Energy Efficiency Standard Social Standard for Housing, reporting that 85 per cent of social rented homes already meet the standard for 2020, with a new standard confirmed for 2032. This funding will help further landlords’ progress, encouraging innovative approaches and ideas.”

The Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) aims to encourage landlords to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Scotland. It sets a single minimum Energy Efficiency rating for landlords to achieve which varies dependent upon the dwelling type and the fuel type used to heat it.