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Publication - Consultation Paper

Private rented housing energy efficiency: consultation assessment (part one)

Published: 7 Apr 2017
Part of:
Housing
ISBN:
9781786529114

Partial business and regulatory impact assessment (BRIA) of our consultation on efficiency and condition standards.

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Contents
Private rented housing energy efficiency: consultation assessment (part one)
10. Summary and recommendation

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10. Summary and recommendation

The recommended policy option is to introduce regulations at the point of turnover coupled with a backstop date, as well as setting a trajectory so that the minimum EPC is raised over time from an E to a D. In the absence of such regulation, the required retrofitting of low energy efficiency dwellings in the private rented sector is unlikely to happen, or will only happen more slowly than is required for purposes of the delivering the Scottish Government's objectives relating to climate change, energy efficiency, fuel poverty, and delivering a high-quality private rented sector.

The combination of point of rental and backstop date, coupled with setting the trajectory with an initial E and only raising it subsequently to a D, will allow the regulations to be introduced in a phased approach so as to reduce any disruption to landlords and tenants, while ensuring that within a reasonable time period all tenants in the private rented sector are assured of minimum standards of energy efficiency.

The key summary costs and benefits were set out above in Table 3 and Table 7, which are reproduced below.

Costs and benefits of raising all private rented dwellings to a minimum EPC of E

  Total Average
Dwellings below EPC E 30,000
Cost and benefits within private rented sector
Upgrade cost £33.2m £1,110
Hidden cost £3.3m £110
Assessment costs £4.2m £140
Post-upgrade EPC cost £2.1m £70
Annual fuel bill savings before in-use factors £12.8m £430
Annual fuel bill savings after in-use factors £9.6m £320
Net present value before in-use factors £226.8m £7,560
Net present value after in-use factors £155.6m £5,190
Net present value of cost of having EPC by Sep 2021 £0.2m  
Net present value after in-use factors and having EPC by Sep 2021 £155.4m  
Emissions abatement ( CO2e)
Annual carbon savings before in-use factors 0.06Mt 2.2t
Annual carbon savings after in-use factors 0.05Mt 1.6t
Annual carbon savings after in-use factors and comfort taking 0.04Mt 1.3t
Annual non-traded carbon savings after in-use factors and comfort taking 0.03Mt 1.1t

Costs and benefits of raising the minimum standard from an EPC E to an EPC D:

  Total Average
Dwellings below EPC D 95,000  
Cost and benefits within private rented sector
Upgrade cost £170m £1,790
Hidden cost £17m £180
Assessment costs £13m £140
Post-upgrade EPC cost £7m £70
Annual fuel bill savings before in-use factors £22m £240
Annual fuel bill savings after in-use factors £17m £180
Net present value before in-use factors £216m £2,280
Net present value after in-use factors £102m £1,070
Emissions abatement ( CO2e)
Annual carbon savings before in-use factors 0.13Mt 1.3t
Annual carbon savings after in-use factors 0.09Mt 1.0t
Annual carbon savings after in-use factors and comfort taking 0.08Mt 0.8t
Annual non-traded carbon savings after in-use factors and comfort taking 0.06Mt 0.7t

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Email: Denise Buchanan