The Scottish Government have released a consultation seeking views on proposals to set a standard for energy efficiency in owner occupied homes. Scotland has set in law a target for reaching net-zero emissions by 2045, with 75% reductions by 2030. In 2017 15% of all greenhouse gas emissions in Scotland were from the residential sector. The 2018 Route Map included the ambitious target of all properties achieving EPC band C by 2040 at the latest.
Targets for the Social Rented Sector (SRS) already exist, with 85% meeting the EESSH 2020 target and a new target of band B by December 2032. For the Private Rental Sector (PRS), all tenancies must meet minimum energy efficiency standards of EPC band D by march 2025 and band C by 2030. As most homes in Scotland are owner occupied (62%) and only 32% are EPC band C or above, the consultation proposes introducing an Energy Efficiency Standard for these homes. The consultation proposes introducing a regulatory requirement in 2024 to meet band C at point of sale or major renovations.
You can read the full consultation here.