Scotland consults on minimum energy efficiency standards for the rental market
Elmhurst is pleased to see that the Scottish Government today launched a consultation on setting minimum energy efficiency standards in the private rental market.
As you may be aware Scotland have designated ‘energy efficiency’ as a National Infrastructure Priority and are trail blazing in terms of the Scotland Energy Efficient Programme (SEEP) – which is a long term commitment to tackling fuel poverty and climate change, making homes and buildings warmer and more energy efficient.
The setting of these standards follows a similar logic to the Private Rental Sector (PRS) standards which are currently set in England and Wales which preclude the rental of F and G rated homes from next April (2018).
Stuart Fairlie – Technical Director stated “Elmhurst have long commented that Scotland is leading the way in the UK on attempting to address fuel poverty and energy efficiency in both homes and commercial buildings. We at Elmhurst will listen to our members and make an informed contribution to this vital consultation. We have vast experience in using energy data to make informed choices and set achievable standards. Overall we will make sure that our response is practical, achievable and will really make a difference to people’s lives.”
Elmhurst are also extremely pleased to see a vision to consult later this year on the owner occupied sector and looking at setting energy efficiency standards in this area.
We at Elmhurst will continue to keep our members updated with this vital consultation and any outcomes. We also continue to support Scottish Government in their attempts to end fuel poverty and save families and businesses money, whilst making homes and buildings more comfortable and warmer.