A new energy
efficiency standard that is expected to save tenants money on their household
energy fuel bills is being launched by Housing Minister Margaret Burgess
tenants whose homes meet the new Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing
(EESSH) could save an estimated average of £210 per year on their energy
The EESSH aims to
improve the energy efficiency of the social housing stock in Scotland, helping
to reduce energy consumption, fuel poverty and carbon emissions.
efficiency ratings from the existing Scottish Housing Quality Standard to the
new EESSH standard is anticipated to save around £130 million in fuel
costs in Scotland each year.
It is also
expected to reduce annual carbon emissions from housing by 760Kt CO2, which is
more than the annual emissions from all the households in Aberdeen and Dundee
The Minister will
officially launch the standard during a visit to a housing association
development in Linwood this morning, which has benefited from investment
through Home Energy Efficiency Programmes for Scotland (HEEPS).
Speaking ahead of
the visit, she said: “Achieving the new Energy Efficiency Standard for
Social Housing is expected to save social housing tenants £210 annually
on average, helping to reduce the impact of rising energy prices.
to helping to reduce fuel poverty, the EESSH will also help reduce greenhouse
gas emissions, and contribute towards ambitious climate change
outperforming the UK in the delivery of home energy efficiency measures that
save tenants money, and the introduction of this standard will help enhance our
performance for many of the poorest households in Scotland.
“Nonetheless, rising energy prices remain a huge
concern for this government, and we will spend almost a quarter of a billion
pounds over a three year period on fuel poverty and energy
have managed to help thousands of households in Scotland to have warmer, more
energy efficient homes, with independence we would be able to change the way
energy efficiency is funded to help even more people.”
Policy Manager at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations,
from our work with housing associations and co-operatives across Scotland that
energy efficiency is a significant issue.
members have the most energy efficient homes in Scotland, rising fuel prices
have pushed the issue up the agenda, and when we consulted with members on the
proposed energy efficiency standards, there was agreement that there needs to
be a standard set in order to help address fuel poverty.
standards will result in carbon savings and will reduce fuel bills for tenants
whose homes don’t currently meet the standard.
issue now is making sure that there is funding available to ensure that the
standards can be met – we have seen from the proposed changes to the UK
Government’s Energy Company Obligation that sourcing funding for energy
efficiency can be a challenge.
forward to continuing to work with the Scottish Government on this issue, and
looking at drawing in other sources of funding, such as European Union
Link to EESSH
- The EESSH
forms part of the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Housing Strategy
published in June 2013
landlords will be expected to meet the first milestones by December 2020. These
are based on minimum Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) energy efficiency
ratings, which will vary depending on the house type and source of fuel used to
heat the dwelling
will have access to funding available through UK and Scottish Government
schemes such as the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) and Home Energy Efficiency
Programmes Scotland (HEEPS)
- The EESSH
will replace the minimum energy efficiency ratings included within the Scottish
Housing Quality Standard (SHQS) that social housing must meet by April
- Compliance with the EESSH will be monitored by the
Scottish Housing Regulator (SHR) as is already the case with the
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