The Scottish Government has designated energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority, the cornerstone of which will be Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP). This 15 to 20 year programme will improve the energy efficiency of our homes and buildings, supporting our efforts to reduce climate change emissions and tackle fuel poverty.
Minimum energy efficiency standards play a key role. We have already introduced the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing for social tenants and we are taking action in the non-domestic sector.
This consultation asks for views on proposals to improve the energy efficiency and condition standards in privately rented housing in Scotland.
We will consult separately from winter 2017/18 on proposals to increase the energy efficiency of owner occupier housing, including seeking views on the use of minimum standards and incentives. We will also consult separately on condition issues affecting housing generally.
Why We Are Consulting
We know that homes in the private rented sector are the least energy efficient of all housing tenures. Introducing a new energy efficiency standard for the private rented sector will benefit tenants living in the coldest homes.
Some kinds of disrepair can reduce the value of energy efficiency improvements so we are also looking at extending the repairing standard to improve the physical condition of privately rented houses.
Part 1 of this consultation takes forward the Programme for Government commitment to consult on a minimum standard for energy efficiency for the private rented sector.
Part 2 of this consultation takes forward the Manifesto commitment to consults on a national standard for private rented homes to ensure a good basic standard of accommodation.
This consultation will run alongside the current energy strategy and SEEP consultations.
We will use the responses to develop the policy further, ahead of a separate consultation on the form of the draft regulations that would be needed to introduce these standards, alongside supporting guidance.