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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12181: Michelle Ballantyne (South Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to concerns regarding energy performance certificates because of the principal energy efficiency ratings are based on running costs.

Answered by: Kevin Stewart 6 November 2017

Under Directive 2010/31/EU on the Energy Performance of Buildings, Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) are required on the construction, sale or rental of most buildings, and also must be displayed in larger public buildings.

An EPC for a dwelling provides an Energy Efficiency Rating and an Environmental Impact Rating for the building. Calculation of the Energy Efficiency Rating takes the price of fuel into account as running costs are both important to householders and the most direct illustration of the benefit of improving energy efficiency.

The Scottish Government is committed to improving the energy efficiency of all types of buildings across Scotland as part of the long term Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP). We will publish a route map on the future direction of the programme next year. We consulted earlier this year on the principles that would underpin SEEP, and on minimum energy efficiency standards in private rented housing which we proposed would be based on the EPC rating of the property. Responses to the consultations are currently being analysed and Ministers will consider feedback to the proposals, as part of the development of the route map.