Scotland’s councils and housing associations will take on the challenge of meeting new energy efficiency standards because the sector believes in high standards, according to the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland.
Responding to the publication of the Scottish Government’s new Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing, CIH Scotland said that in some cases extra funding would be needed to enable retrofitting to be carried out, and that worries remained over the extent to which recent changes to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) would reduce the availability of funding.
Keith Anderson, newly elected Chairman of CIH Scotland, said: “Social landlords are committed to both increasing energy efficiency in pursuit of national climate change targets, and reducing fuel poverty at a time when fuel costs have been spiralling. Rising fuel bills, on top of the recession and income reductions from the welfare cuts, are putting real pressure on our tenants.
“The Scottish Government was right not to publish this new standard before taking time to work with social landlords to consider the financial implications. Whilst the UK Government’s ECO changes have thrown a major spanner into the works, we know that the Scottish Government has a real appreciation of the challenges that some landlords will face. We know that this dialogue will need to continue.
“Looking more widely at Scotland’s housing stock, by far the greatest challenge remains with the 75% of stock that is privately owned, but we know the Scottish Government is committed to introducing minimum standards of energy efficiency in private housing.“