On Scottish Housing Day, we’re highlighting some of the actions we’re taking on energy efficiency across all housing types.
Compliance with the energy efficiency standard for social housing (EESSH) has risen by 28% over the last two years, which has included increased programmes to install new high efficient heating systems, insulate walls and roof spaces, install better insulated windows and doors as well as upgrading energy efficient lighting in homes and common areas.
In conjunction with re-roofing works, we are in currently in the midst of a photovoltaic (PV) installation project in the Dunbar area. These works include new integrated photovoltiac installations over seven blocks and the subsequent generation of energy will be fed into the public utility grid.
Our affordable housing new build team are currently identifying a number of upcoming developments with the aim of piloting ‘zero carbon emitting at the point of use heating systems’. Examples of these systems include air source heat pumps, electric boilers with solar PV or heat batteries and ground source heat pumps. District heating systems, including ground source heat pumps, and other new technologies will also be explored. All current or recent new build projects are delivered to achieve Scottish Government’s Silver Standard.
We completed 93 units of social rent affordable housing in the year 2020-21.