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Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH): guidance for social landlords

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Revised guidance for social landlords on the Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH), February 2019.

The Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing (EESSH) aims to encourage landlords to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Scotland.

 

This supports the Scottish Government's vision of warm, high quality, affordable, low carbon homes and a housing sector that helps to establish a successful low carbon economy across Scotland.

 

The EESSH will contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 42% by 2020, and 80% by 2050, in line with the requirements set out in the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009.

 

A new Climate Change Bill was introduced to Parliament on 23 May 2018. The Bill amends the 2009 Act and will immediately increase the 2050 target to 90% by 2050, which the UK Committee on Climate Change states is currently "at the limit of feasibility".

 

Draft case studies were produced to profile the most common constructional types and age bands of the housing stock.

 

Alongside a stakeholder consultation on the proposed standard, a peer review was undertaken to ensure that information could be provided on what stakeholders regarded as 'Harder-to-Treat' dwelling types, and what actions could be undertaken to improve the energy efficiency of these dwellings.

 

The EESSH aims to encourage landlords to improve the energy efficiency of social housing in Scotland.

 

It sets a single minimum Energy Efficiency (EE) rating for landlords to achieve that varies dependent upon the dwelling type and the fuel type used to heat it.

 

The ratings reflect that some dwelling types can be more or less challenging to improve than others.