The Alliance believes that the success of the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS) shows that energy performance standards can cut fuel poverty and transform cold, damp houses into warm, dry homes. A minimum standard should now be set for private homes so they can share these benefits.
The regulation should focus on upgrading the worst-performing homes where fuel poverty is concentrated, setting a minimum standard of ‘E’ band on the Energy Performance Certificate scale at the point of sale or rental. Consideration should also be given to applying the standard at the point of major refurbishment.
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