The Existing Homes Alliance says the case for investing in retrofit of Scotland’s housing as part of the economic recovery plan is very strong and recognised by government advisors and commentators in its submission to the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery.
For example, the UK CCC included buildings retrofit as one of five priority measures for immediate expansion in its recent advice on a green recovery to the Scottish Government. A report from Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University identified building energy efficiency retrofits as one of five policies with “high potential on both economic multiplier and climate impact metrics.”
Previous to the Covid-19 crisis, the Scottish Infrastructure Commission and the Just Transition Commission had already recommended additional investment in building retrofits.
Building retrofit projects are value for money investments because they provide an immediate economic impact, all over the country. They are ‘shovel ready’ and use local labour and SMEs. In Scotland we are fortunate to have a strong delivery structure in place with Energy Efficient Scotland, with programmes ready to accelerate and scale up.