Stroma Certification is happy to see that the Scottish Government launched a consultation on setting minimum energy efficiency standards in the Private Rental Sector.
As part of the Scotland Energy Efficiency Programme (SEEP), the Scottish Government have made a long term commitment to tackling fuel poverty and climate change to make properties more energy efficient. Energy efficiency is now a National Infrastructure Priority and this consultation will review the standards in the private housing sector to meet this commitment. These standards mirror the logic of the Private Rental Sector (PRS) standards for England and Wales which preclude the rental of F and G rated homes from April 2018.
Andy Parkin, Stroma Certification Technical Manager said, "Stroma is very pleased to see the Scottish Government consider its own minimum energy efficiency standards for the Private Rental Sector. We are also pleased to see that the Scottish Government are holding a consultation regarding minimum standards on the owner occupied sector which has currently been overlooked in England and Wales.
Stroma will be responding to this consultation in due course, and would encourage its members to do likewise, as it has the potential to set the bar for improving the efficiency of our homes in Scotland. This, coupled with the later consultation on owner occupied sector homes, could potentially provide a model that could be adopted countrywide."
If you have any further queries on the Scottish Government’s consultation for minimum energy efficiency standards for the private rental sector, please contact the Stroma Certification team on 01977 665 420 (ext. 614).