Elmhurst Energy has welcomed the Scottish consultation, Improving Energy Efficiency in Owner Occupied Homes, which proposes that all homes sold in Scotland from 2024 be C rated.
The proposals in the consultation would bring the owner-occupied housing sector into line with the standards set for private and social landlords. Currently, 62% of homes in Scotland are owner-occupied, but of those homes, only 38% have an Energy Performance Certificate rating of C or above. Improving energy efficiency in owner-occupier dwellings will therefore play a significant role in reducing emissions in the residential sector.
There consultation includes 32 questions covering the mandatory standard being proposed, how it will be applied and seeking views on how homeowners can be supported in bringing their homes up to the standard. Elmhurst Energy will now spend time fully analysing the document and will inform its members of the implications.
“We welcome this statement of intent from Scotland and we will, as always, thoroughly analyse the consultation and listen to our members before responding,” says Stuart Fairlie (pictured above), Technical and Operations Director at Elmhurst.
“This is a massive sign of policy intent, and it really sets Scotland’s vision apart. There will be some challenges to deliver this, but it is definitely in the right direction if Scottish homes are to be warmer and cheaper to run. We look forward to working with Scottish Government and our members to make this happen.”