CIH Scotland calls for more ambitious approach to improving energy efficiency and tackling fuel poverty
CIH Scotland has called for all homes to be brought up to a minimum of EPC C by 2030.
In its response to government consultations on energy efficiency, CIH Scotland has welcomed consideration of higher standards for homes in the social rented sector but raised concerns about meeting the cost of improvements without additional funding from the Scottish Government. In addition, the Institute does not believe there can be justification for differential standards across the sector – with the government proposing a target for private rented homes to reach EPC C by 2030 and for home owners to meet EPC C by 2040.
CIH Scotland notes that the social rented sector has been at the forefront of energy improvements with all homes due to meet the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) by 2020 and new standards for EESSH2 already under consultation. Setting a minimum energy efficiency standard of EPC C for all homes by 2030 will improve the fabric of homes, will help to reduce fuel bills and tackle fuel poverty, and ensure that all tenants and homeowners benefit from better living conditions.
Annie Mauger, Director of CIH Scotland said:
“Every person living in Scotland should have the right to a home that is warm and dry regardless of tenure type. We want to see positive action from the Scottish Government to support improvements in energy efficiency through the introduction of regulation backed up by advice, information and financial support. Improving all homes, irrespective of tenure, will improve people’s quality of life and help to reduce fuel poverty.
“At the same time, we recognise that some improvements can be expensive and there must be a balance between the money spent on improvements and the money saved in energy bills. What we do not want to see is a situation where some of the poorest households pay for improvements through increased rents without noticeable savings on their energy bills.”
Notes to Editors
1. The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) is the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards. Our goal is simple – to provide housing professionals with the advice, support and knowledge they need to be brilliant. CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation. This means that the money we make is put back into the organisation and funds the activities we carry out to support the housing sector. We have a diverse membership of people who work in both the public and private sectors, in 20 countries on five continents across the world. Further information is available at: www.cih.org
2. The full responses to the consultations can be found here:
3. For further information, please contact Callum Chomczuk, Deputy Director at CIH Scotland on 0131 224 7759 or email firstname.lastname@example.org