As a member of Existing Homes Alliance Scotland, Changeworks supports its call for all political parties to commit to ridding Scotland of the scourge of cold homes1 by 2025. Changeworks carried out analysis on behalf of Existing Homes Alliance Scotland which identified that 1.5 million homes across Scotland have an Energy Efficiency rating below B and C. Utilising recently released data on Energy Performance Certificates, Changeworks’ carried out analysis on every Scottish parliamentary constituency.

Teresa Bray, Changeworks Chief Executive said in an interview with BBC Good Morning Scotland, “We’ve now got data on half the [housing] stock in Scotland and what their energy efficiency performance is, and 65% are below bands B and C.” Teresa continued, “The main issues are in rural areas where people are not on the gas mains. It’s more expensive to heat your home if you’ve only got electric storage heaters or oil. You’re living in an exposed or detached property; it’s much more difficult to keep your home warm because of the lower energy efficiency.”

Teresa Bray concluded that both financial and practical support is required for householders to improve the energy efficiency of their homes, supported by regulation for the worst performing homes. These improvements will help to reduce both fuel poverty and carbon emissions in Scotland.

Read the full news release (Existing Homes Alliance Scotland).

Data table and map prepared by Changeworks on behalf of Existing Homes Alliance Scotland also available.

Listen to interview with Teresa Bray, Changeworks, on BBC Good Morning Scotland, 11 April 2016 (48:16−51:40)

1. ‘Cold homes’: The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recommended that, as a minimum, properties should be raised to an EPC band C and ideally to a band B to help reduce the risk of death and ill health associated with living in a cold home.