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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:

  • 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 where 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 Energy efficiency and condition standards in private rented housing 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 consultation closed on 30 June 2017. We appointed contractors to analyse the 198 responses and we published the analysis report on 14 November.

We are considering the responses to the consultation, and will confirm the minimum standards for the private rented sector alongside the wider ambitions of Scotland's Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP) as part of the launch of the SEEP routemap in May 2018. This will include the proposed timescale for introducing minimum standards, as well as setting out wider elements of SEEP.

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 will consult owner occupiers on increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, including seeking their views on the use of minimum standards and incentives, from winter 2017/18.

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 included:

  • 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