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Regulation of Energy Efficiency in Private Sector Houses Working Group

Role of the group

Improving the energy efficiency of existing housing is an essential part of tackling fuel poverty and climate change in Scotland.

The REEPS Working Group looked at issues including:

  • measures to improve energy efficiency
  • attitudes and behaviour in relation to energy efficiency
  • the relationship between incentives and regulation
  • the wider impact of regulations on the housing market This work helped to inform our consultation on an energy efficiency standard in the private rented sector.

In this consultation we proposed that all private rented homes should have to meet a minimum energy performance certificate (EPC) rating of E:

  • at a change in tenancy after 1 April 2019
  • in all private rented properties by 31 March 2022

We also proposed that this standard should be increased, so that all properties would have an EPC rating of D by 31 March 2025.

The consultation sought views on how a standard would work, how it would be enforced, and whether there are some situations where the owner would not be expected to bring the property up to standard. The Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing consultation closed on 30 June 2017; we are currently analysing responses.

Subject to the outcome of this consultation, Ministers will hold a second, shorter consultation on the proposed regulations allowing for a lead-in time to the start of any standard.

We plan to consult on proposals to increase the energy efficiency of owner-occupier housing, including seeking views on the use of minimum standards and incentives, in winter 2017 to 2018.

Minimum standards form part of the wider development of Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme that aims to deliver the Scottish Government's designation of energy efficiency as a National Infrastructure Priority.

Members

Members include:

  • Association of Local Authority Chief Housing Officers (ALACHO)
  • Citizens Advice Scotland
  • Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA)
  • Existing Homes Alliance
  • Fuel Poverty Forum
  • Historic Environment Scotland
  • Scottish Association of Landlords
  • Scottish Land and Estates
  • Scottish Government