Scottish Government looks to make social housing more energy efficient

UNDERFLOOR heating, ground source heat pumps and solar panels are to be installed in just under 900 social rented properties as part of the £3 million Scottish Government decarbonisation fund scheme.

The investment comes as the Government look to get rented homes warmer and cheaper-to-heat. Grants to pay for the work will be given to eleven social landlords.

Housing minister Kevin Stewart said, “A warm, energy efficient home means cheaper energy bills for tenants as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

“Last year 15,000 Scottish households saved more than £4.6 million on fuel bills as a result of energy efficiency measures installed through the Scottish Government’s schemes, such as insulation, double glazing and heating controls.

“This funding will support our work to remove poor energy efficiency as a driver of fuel poverty, as well as helping meet our climate change targets.

“Social landlords are making excellent progress towards achieving the first Energy Efficiency Standard Social Standard for Housing, reporting that 85% of social rented homes already meet the standard for 2020, with a new standard confirmed for 2032.

“This funding will help further landlords’ progress, encouraging innovative approaches and ideas.”

Ben Dyer, technology and innovation lead at Castle Rock Edinvar housing association in Edinburgh, said, “Funds such as this offer social landlords a great opportunity to test new concepts and share the experience to the benefit of the environment and customers. Castle Rock Edinvar will continue to push for lower carbon solutions that improve living conditions for our customers and to promote environmental awareness. We are excited by the prospect of fitting existing housing stock with new technology that has the potential to have such a positive impact.”