Energy Efficient Scotland: Improving energy efficiency in owner occupied homes
The Scottish Government has released a consultation which seeks views on proposals to set a mandatory energy efficiency standard for homeowners from 2024 onwards.
Scottish Government are determined to make all homes warmer, greener and more efficient in an effort to tackle climate change. The Energy Efficient Scotland Route Map published in May 2018 established an aim to remove poor energy efficiency, eliminate fuel poverty, and reduce overall greenhouse gas emissions.
62% of homes in Scotland are owner occupied and of those only 38% are at EPC band C or better. This means that approximately 930,000 homes in Scotland fall below that level. The initial plan from Scottish Government was to encourage homeowners to improve their energy efficiency until 2030, after which a legally-binding standard would be adopted. However, the 'Improving energy efficiency in owner occupied homes' consultation accelerates this initial plan by proposing a new standard for energy efficiency and making it legally-binding for homeowners from 2024 onwards. The consultation document establishes what this new standard might look like and how the Scottish Government intends to help homeowners.
An overview of the consultation has been provided below: